GLT Characteristic #1

Most leadership teams we work with have a good sense of where they need to take their organizations and work hard to shape the necessary plans and take the necessary actions to realize their visions. Some have a fairly informal approach while others are extremely disciplined about setting goals and tracking progress. Regardless of approach most leadership teams recognize that achieving tangible business results – growth, shareholder value, fund raising, legislative success, service - is critical.

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Great Leadership Teams Move Beyond Assumptions

Assumptions play an important role in how great leadership teams operate. They help teams make quick decisions, make things happen and waste less time. But they are also fraught with risk. To guard against this risk great leadership teams proactively understand the power and challenges of their diversity, they are curious when their teammates behavior seems odd, and they are patient and forgiving with their teammates.

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Humble CEOs Are Courageous

A critically important character trait for leading in today’s complex, information rich environment is humility. Those CEOs who can balance using their talents, ambition and experience with a true sense of reliance on others will naturally create environments where productive dialogue can thrive.

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Great Leadership Teams are Fundamentally Sound

There is little dispute that great leadership teams are the cornerstones to the success of growing organizations. So why is it that many leadership teams are dysfunctional at best and sometimes even become detractors to an organization’s success. Many CEOs assume that assembling a group of talented managers will result in a highly-functional senior team. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple - building a truly great team requires attention to detail and hard work; skills that help leaders solve important technical and business challenges but that aren’t often used to build great teams.

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Jumpstart Your Leadership Team in 2019

There is little dispute that great leadership teams are the cornerstones to the success of growing organizations. So why is it that many leadership teams are dysfunctional at best and sometimes even become detractors to an organization’s success. Many CEOs assume that assembling a group of talented managers will result in a highly-functional senior team. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple - building a truly great team requires attention to detail and hard work; skills that help leaders solve important technical and business challenges but that aren’t often used to build great teams.

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Trust is What Fuels Great Leadership Teams

Great leadership teams are critical to an organization’s success and trust is the fuel that helps to make leadership teams thrive. Reinforcing this point are the findings from Google’s seminal study[i]on what makes a great team at Google – “individuals on teams with high trust bring in more revenue, are less likely to leave Google, are more likely to harness the power of diverse ideas from their teammates and are rated as effective twice as often by executives.” Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google, puts it simply - “There is no team without trust.”

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Alignment is the Cornerstone of Great Leadership Teams

In very simple terms a leadership team is aligned when all members of the team work in sync to accomplish a common purpose. More specifically, an aligned leadership team debates well, proactively supports each other, is laser focused on what is most important, and is committed to learning and improving. Perhaps most importantly, an aligned leadership team has confidence in its ability to get back in sync after inevitable periods of dysfunction.

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