I was recently reminded of the interconnectivity and interdependence that a leader must have with their followers and with the rest of their leadership team (VP’s, managers, directors, etc…). The phrase “I got your back” quickly came to mind. The sports world is full of examples of a team coming together to overcome great odds and winning the prize.
Now imagine for just a moment if one of the players isn’t fully committed to the team and to its success. Let’s say a disgruntled wide receiver decides it’s not worth it to play for the greater good of the team. The results could be disastrous with dropped passes, fumbles or blown routes. The hard work and commitment of the rest of the team doesn’t matter if one person is determined to undermine the success of the rest.
I was fortunate to attend the 2010 NAR Leadership Summit in Chicago and was invited to participate in an object lesson that illustrated perfectly the interconnectivity and interdependence that a leader must have with their entire team. If just one of us had stopped giving 100%, we all would have failed:
No matter where you fall on the chain of leadership in any organization, never forget that you are part of a team! Your involvement can make the difference in a winning outcome for everyone!