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Leadership Strategies: Skill 3 - Team Building

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen. - Dave Weinbaum

We will always reach a higher level of success with a team. Even the self-made millionaires and billionaires out there did not do it entirely on their own. Bill Gates is a notable example. Yes, he had a great idea when he created Windows – but he had a talented team of programmers, designers, writers, marketers, and administrators to help launch it.

In this section, we will talk about why team building is an essential leadership skill and how you can recognize the areas where you need help to build a powerhouse team of your own.

The Benefits of Building a Strong Team

Leadership is an action, not a position. - Donald McGannon

As hard as you may work and as decided as you may be, you cannot do everything on your own, nor should you. It is not practical and not working smarter – it is working harder.

Consider the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” You might be great at some things, but chances are there are areas in your business that would receive help from outside support.

You might be tempted to try to do everything yourself, telling yourself that you will save money. Many entrepreneurs make that mistake, and it leads to failure. They undervalue their time and energy and underestimate how hard it will be to wear every hat daily.

Choosing a team means having ongoing support within your customized network. You can delegate tasks – something we will talk about later – and have time to do the things you do best. You will also be able to enjoy other aspects of life because, let us face it, you will work better if you are available to play, too.

The trick, of course, is building the right team.

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