Future Leaders create winning teams

We are competing? One on one? 

I don’t like my chances. 

Not because I don’t believe in myself. Not because I think you are that awesome. 

But after a few decades I have learned that stuff happens. I have bad days. I get sick. I lose motivation. I get tired. More importantly, I now know that I don’t have all the answers. 

But I will happily put my team up against you any day of the week. 

You, the heroic leader worthy of the silver screen. You, the leader who has yoked only yourself with the burden of success and failure. You, the leader who believes all the ideas have to come from you. You, the leader who believes in carrying the day. 

The stale beliefs of yesterday’s leaders (as illustrated above) simply won’t be able to win often enough in the New Work Economy. There’s too much to know. Too much to do. The expertise required is too varied. 

For future leaders the ability to form and norm a team matters more now than ever before.

My humble suggestion: Be the type of leader who creates  teams capable of consistently beating any brilliant (but tired) leader with a thousand helpers.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on January 14, 2020

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