Teamwork Building is not Leadership

In the last couple of weeks, I have run across a number of articles about teamwork and how to build teams. According to the articles, sales and management pundits are promoting the concept of team building as morale and sales boosting answers to "an awful 2008."

First, it is ridiculous to assume everyone had an awful 2008 as the articles all state. Many companies are doing just fine and many more are in start-up to take advantage of those who believe things are "awful."

Teamwork is not the solution for building morale, increasing sales, or making the stockholders happy. Companies who rely on team building as a solution for these things are severely lacking in leadership.

Leaders don't impose team building exercises on their followers. A leader encourages a climate where people can grow and learn. A leader doesn't need to rely on exercises like rappelling, hot coal walking, and trust games. Leaders engender trust and independence by their actions – by leading.

Rest assured that if a leader believes that morale or confidence needs to be restored; they will exhibit the conviction necessary to demonstrate their beliefs. And, by their words and actions they will lead their followers towards shared visions and dreams.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts and ideas with you this past year. I look forward to seeing you in 2009 – at the Water Cooler Hangout.

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