If you want to achieve more for yourself, to do more for your firm, or to rise to the top, teamwork will always beat what you can do with your two hands.
And any team, no matter how talented its superstars or how well supplied, runs on support from its leader. Without it, they'll falter. With it, the most mediocre individuals can collectively produce greatness.
The value of support
Think of the times you've achieved most with a team. How did the leader interact with the team? Did you get what you wanted when you needed it, even if that meant time alone?
A short list of ways you can support your team
What your team needs at any time depends on the needs of the moment. You have to ask. Nothing replaces empathy, communication, sensitivity, and experience.
But some needs show up a lot. The more you know what to expect, the more you'll hear what they need when they tell you.
Here is a short list of needs you can support them on (including giving them space and solitude).
- Material resources (money, supplies, food, etc)
- Protection from others wanting their labor and time--"Air cover"
- Conflict management
- Connections to others outside the team
- Expectation of success
- Feeling understood on their motivation and passion
- Standards to meet
- Recognition for their effort
- A shoulder to cry on
- A sense of urgency
- More time
- Less time
- Systems (computers, schedules, etc)
- Space to work
- Material reward
- Non-material reward
- A kick in the butt
What does your team need?
How can you find out?
How much more will your teammates deliver when you deliver it?