Do You Have Team Leaders or Team Players on Your Leadership Team?

Do You Have Team Leaders or Team Players on Your Leadership Team?
from the Turning Good People Into Top Talent blog series

There is increasing buzz about the importance of teams, particularly cohesive, innovative, high performing teams.   I just wrote an article on this subject which will be posted on

Let’s define some terms. Team players or members of teams who are good at what they were hired to do.  This is especially the case with high tech and professional service firms.

Team players typically are technically solid,  execute well and consistently produce results. They are usually dependable and do their jobs well.

However, these attributes, while valuable as a team member are not enough to be an effective team leader.  Team leaders must have additional abilities to be forward focused, craft a vision for the team, spot opportunities, assure buy-in and alignment, and engage team players to effectively execute the tasks to achieve the vision.

The current rapidly changing business environment requires team leaders who are always alert and anticipating the next opportunity. Highly effective team leaders are willing to make the decisions that keep their team moving forward. This is essential for a senior leadership team who must focus on how to stay ahead of the curve, particularly in navigating the stages of growth.

Is it time to review the capacity of your leadership team? Are they up to the task of the next level of leadership who can fulfill the roles required to grow your enterprise?

Are the members of your leaders team mostly loyal technicians? If so, and you want to assure sustainable profitable growth of your organization, you will need to make some decisions. Those valuable technicians must be moved to positions that best fit what they do best.

Then, add real leaders to your leadership team to do what they must do to help you grow the business.  It is that simple, maybe not easy, but essential if you want to accelerate the progress of your organization to the next level.


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