The Encourager

4 Ways Leaders Build Teams

Leadership is one part leader and nine parts team. Leadership is a team sport. It means getting everyone involved in reaching the goal.

Marathon runners are rugged athletes.....but usually they are not leaders;  they compete alone.  Leadership is a team sport.  It means getting everyone involved in reaching the goal.  

1. Leaders do more than direct individuals...They build a team. 

They look at the various strengths and abilities of individuals and then put them into a working unit.  Leaders have both personal goals and corporate goals.  They strive to excel individually; but their greatest delight is helping the whole team achieve.

2. Leaders understand the importance of good communication. 

They know that the purpose of the team is nothing until it is put into motion,  There must be interaction or else the work will be disjointed and the workers will be divided.

3. Leaders build morale and create community. 

They keep the mood positive.  They compliment and praise individual and team efforts.  I believe it is the coaches job to get the team together and get their morale up...This is a leaders job.    

"Coming together is a beginning;

Keeping together is progress;

Working together is success."

-- Henry Ford

 4. A leader recognizes outstanding achievements

They know that propelling one of the team members forward will push the rest of the team to achieve more.

Leadership is one part leader

and nine parts team.

Remember: Leaders are team builders.


May the Lord bless you and yours in a great way,

Dwaine Lee
Global Action



This post is from The Encourager, a series of over 100 emails from Global Action's founder, Dwaine Lee, originally sent between 2005-2010. We believe the words of encouragement are still relevant today. The email above was first sent in September 2005. 

Today's Video

Build a tower, build a team

In this TedTalk video, with over 2.1 million views, Tom Wujec from Autodesk presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average? Watch here

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