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The blind spot of supervisors and managers
The blind spot of supervisors, managers, business owners and entrepreneurs.
They cannot see the important impact of effective team leadership skills on career outcomes right away.
The blind spot of supervisors and managers is that they cannot see the important impact of effective team leadership skills on career outcomes right away.
Why do young employees entering the employment market, not realise sooner, the important impact effective team leadership skills can have on their career outcomes?
I also like to dub it as “The case for good team leadership”.
My first stimulating question is this: Why are so many people ignoring the importance of being a good team leader?
The next one is: Why are so many people oblivious to the importance of being a good team leader?
Let’s rephrase the question: Why do young employees entering the employment market, not realise sooner, the important impact effective team leadership skills can have on their career outcomes?
It is after all a fact worldwide, that 98% of working adults are in a position of being a team leader, a member of a team or both. Being a good team member requires a different skills set as that of being a good team leader. Here we will concentrate on effective team leadership skills.
If so many of us humans are in positions of team leaders, what then seems to be the problem, that we only gradually over time, begin to realise the importance of effective team leadership skills on our careers. Is it a case of rather late than never?
If we take a look at how organisations arrange themselves along the lines of traditional organograms, it is clear as daylight, how we are team members or team leaders or both.
If we consider that part of the organisation structure within the circle, it becomes clear that team leaders consist of the highest ranking person indicated in an orange colour at the top, right down to the second last level, also in orange, at the bottom.
These positions on the organigram are traditionally also referred to as “positions of authority”. This name tag may also be culprit to retarding development of team leadership skills.
It seems that team leaders organically grow slowly through five leadership maturity levels before they finally reach the highest level of their potential. Environmental influences like company culture and lack of exposure to required skills can be blamed for the slow progress.
The five levels are bottom level, permission level, production level, people development level and the pinnacle level.
1. Bottom level – the position level – you are the boss. People give you the least amount of ability, energy and mind.
2. Permission level –the relationship level – you have connected with subordinates – if they like you. Listen well, observe people and learn.
3. Production level – productive level – becoming effective and attracting productive team members to help get momentum.
4. People development level – increase people capacity – best talent – discover what others are good at, recruit well, train well.
5. The pinnacle level of respect – they follow you out of respect for your leadership qualities. What level am I on with each?
It is a situation of growing from an authoritative leadership style with destructive motivation to a democratic leadership style with constructive motivation.
The question is however, what is deterring people from reaching out to obtain the required skills themselves, earlier on?
It is my contention that we develop a blind spot, so we cannot see the bright flickering light winking at us right in front of us under our noses. What make us blind to our own prosperity? Maybe a too busy life, personal problems, personal priorities, personal agendas, lack of time, being too young etcetera.
We do not consciously make time often enough to stop and think about our careers. So we take too long to reach leadership maturity.
One must have good human relationships with subordinates to influence them.
Why can we not get our team leaders faster to the highest level of effective team leadership?
1. It does not have to be a slow process.
2. We do not need to embrace the name tag of “position of authority”.
3. We do not have to consciously pursue a company culture of retarding or killing effective team leadership.
How can team leaders become effective faster?
1. Get rid of the name tag “position of authority”.
2. Get faster exposure to what constitutes effective leadership principles.
3. Get faster exposure to what personality traits or characteristics to develop for enhancing own personal effective team leadership skills.
4. Do continuous introspective self-evaluation for continuous improvements.
5. The above four conscious efforts will soon lead to faster career progress.
If the problem is our beliefs, habits, attitudes or self-image it can easily be rectified or changed positively through the methods of visualisation, imprinting and imagery. We were not borne with our beliefs, habits, attitudes and self-images, nor did we inherit it in our genes. We have cloaked ourselves in it through conditioning, filed beliefs or ghosts in our minds. That is why it can easily be changed.
It does not have to take a career lifetime to reach the highest effective team leadership level. Some never reach it – they die in ignorance. The earlier one starts, the quicker career growth and the higher a retirement package will become! How will your destiny unfold?
You have the power to rewrite your reality
Thoughts have the power to affect each one and the life that one lives. One’s thoughts are very vital tools in creating and shaping the reality that one experiences. Thoughts are responsible for the creation of one’s emotional state, affecting the body, health and one’s daily living in general, influencing one’s responses to relationships and to life and determine one’s choices.
The power of your thought can enable reality, and all realities. This reality however at times often will have one accept otherwise. Believing that your fate lies in other people’s hands and to the things beyond one’s control, then one looses that basic power granted to him, which is the very power or capability to create.
Loosing this power, one then makes it easier for other persons to change and manipulate one’s own world into that which others want it to be, instead of transforming it yourself into that of what you really want it to be. Bear in mind, you and only you have that right and that power to make your world.
Creating or rewriting one’s own reality will never imply as one being a success in the financial aspect of success. Being poor or rich is not the requirement of this state; however, maintaining a positive and healthy attitude is very much the prerequisite.
Remember that every successes stems or results from one’s own capability to attract the positive character of one’s divine Father. One must recognize that every incident that one lives through is intentionally created for one’s enlightenment.
Although one has been deceived in succession, one’s illusion constantly builds up like prison gates simply because one was unsuccessful to retrieve the life force of happiness. One must concentrate on certain things that guarantee a positive concept of success. The powerful reason for this is that inside a negative energy compartment, it sustains and encourages only negative energy.
Energy streams where it is recognized. A negative energy should stream to its source in order to be alive. So much like gasoline set on fire. Fire is attracted to gasoline until such time that fire consumes everything and dies out. It will not live without something assisting in its formation. Take note that fire will wipe out everything provided that there is still energy feeding it. The moment that fires sustenance is gone, then fire should, by law of nature, distinguish itself.
It is this exact law that exists in every person’s thoughts. The energy one produces will feed on the equivalent energy that is in existent in that certain thought. Negative thoughts feeds on negative energy, in the same manner that positive thoughts attract and feed on positive energy.
The more negative thought that one has, the more that he creates negative energy all around him. This negative energy in time will build up enormously around one’s life for so many miles literally.
That explains why some individuals have negative incidents attached to them. Certain facets go on haunting certain individuals for years to such point that these individuals feels that they are born unlucky or that they are cursed. When in fact, they have created this negative energy and have accumulated so much, feeding them off.
You have the power to rewrite this reality, this negative energy that you have nourished. Defeat it with pleasant, positive and inspiring thoughts, all the time, every time. Continuously doing so will distinguish the negative fire within.
Here are simple ways to rewrite your thoughts and your reality:
1. There is a need and a must to change your beliefs and attitude concerning your present reality. Shift your attention and focus in the direction that you believe can bring you more success and peace. Turn negative thoughts into positive ones; whenever a negative thought enters your mind, block it off instantly with a positive thought.
2. Create an image or think of the new and positive reality that you want to achieve and focus on it constantly; should there is a need for you to decide on a certain aspect in your life, refer to that image, to help you in your decision making.
3. Heal all your negative thoughts. Look inside you and determine what needs to be done and what you want to do. Keep on focusing to that reality that you want to achieve and never be afraid to take the steps towards it. Remember, fear is negative.
Wanting to succeed above every circumstance in your life, means using the power of your thoughts to make the reality that you want. Focus your attention to the thoughts and images that you want to project, that you want to achieve; this, combined with that passionate feeling deep inside you, your thoughts will be able to bring forth what you truly desire.
Here is a great truth of life most discover too late!
Effective team leadership skills can also have a huge positive influence on family life and parenthood. One also has to apply the same skills at home and chances are good that one will also have to develop children! It requires the application of the same team leadership skills! Is that not an encouraging thought about the truth!
The interpersonal relations inside team leadership principles can be very useful and bring great value to any organisation.
It can be applied not only to treatment of own employees, but also in other directions, as illustrated in the circular diagram below:
It can also be applied to:
1. Treatment of own employees.
2. Inter-departmental relations.
3. Customer service relations.
4. Sales force customer care.
5. Relations between team members.
6. Individual relations between colleagues.
7. Treatment of own family members.
Team leadership principles can bring so many benefits that one can just wonder how employers can ignore it! In fact, all employees should be trained in team leadership principles!
My final thoughts: One can reach leadership potential earlier. How will a career destiny unfold? Where will it end up?
Self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.
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How ignorant and arrogant can we sometimes be?
Even the big book teaches us “do unto others as you want them to do unto you”.
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How do you get another person or group to regard you as being a warm person?
How do you get another person or group to trust you?
How do you get another person or group to become enthusiastic?
How do you get another person or group to become inventive?
How do you get another person or group to become more innovative?
How do you get others to have confidence in you?
How do you get others to regard you as reliable?
How do you get another person or group to really like you?
How do you get another person or group to follow you willingly?
How do you influence another person or group to get a desire to support and follow you blindly?
How do you become a person who can influence others?
How do you inspire others to almost willingly die for you?
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