Let’s get heavy and deep for a moment. It is fair to say that your life is a reflection of your actions. What you put out into the world, you get back in return. If you are negative, you’ll get negativity. If you are positive, you’ll get back positivity. People really do reflect back to you the way you are most of the time. If you are a Team builder the same thing can be said for your people. What you want from them you will generally get if you can give. Give yourself to your team and they will give it back in droves, give them respect if you want respect, give them time if you want time, and so forth. It really works.
* Always Pass the Credit – When you have success, it’s easy to want to take all the credit. But the truth is, you should pass that credit on to your team. This is true in online businesses which are often reliant upon the effort of the team to make each successive Team Member successful. Pass on the credit for successes in your business to the Team Members. The more you do that, the more they’ll want to give of themselves because they feel as if the successes are shared. Success feels good; so does getting credit for it.
* Always Take the Blame – Sometimes things do go wrong. But, a real leader will take the responsibility of blame. After all, it was probably your vision that wasn’t explained enough and that may have allowed the failure to occur. But, you can learn from it. Let your team know that you take responsibility for the blame, why that is so, and how you’ll fix the problem for the future.
* Recognise & Know Real Talent When You See It – When you bring on team members, bring on people who have a talent for something special and then let them go. Don’t tie them up by having them do something not in their wheel house. Use your team members for what they love to do and are good at doing.
* Be the Reflection You Want to See – When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a giving, kind, smart, hard-working person? Most of the time, your team will follow you and your example. Be the example you want to see, whether that’s how you talk to people, how you dress, or how you do your work.
* Know Who You Are – A real leader knows who they are deep down and doesn’t try to hide it. They are authentically themselves and want others to be authentically themselves too. Be the type of person who isn’t afraid to admit what they’re not good at, or afraid to state what they are good at.
* Know Your Team – Take the time to get to know each member of your team so that you know when there is a problem. Being able to build a relationship with each team member is essential to being able to work together.
* Listen to and Act on Feedback – Allow and encourage your team to give you constructive feedback. You want them to feel free to tell you things you may not even want to hear; as long as it’s meant for good intention and offered constructively, that’s all that matters. To show that you’re listening, you should also act on the feedback – either by stating you heard them and will consider it, or by doing something.
* Provide Constructive Feedback – In return, you should provide constructive feedback to your team. If you have critiques that you keep to yourself, your team member cannot ever get better at what they do. They want to please you, but you must give them the opportunity to grow and learn via your feedback.
The fact is, if you focus on your team, they will focus on you. If you give a lot of yourself, your team will emulate you and do the same with others. Just by setting that sort of example, you can build an amazing team of creative, thoughtful and successful individuals that aren’t held back and are able to achieve far more than they could alone.
The business opportunities of the Retirement & Home Business Academy (RHBA) all foster this same team building philosophy. Every Team Members of the RHBA and its constituent programs such as Home Business Labs & Business Labs Pro, Karatbars & Protection Through Gold and SaleHoo, in some way benefit from the efforts of their fellow team members. When one team member succeeds, his or her success is shared amongst every other member in the team.
How’s your team building effort doing?