For those of you on the team journey, what I’m about to describe will probably resonate to your core. For teams not yet committed to the pursuit of high performance, it will sound strange.
This is the next installment in a series of posts in which I speak to a topic or question submitted by a leader somewhere in the world. Today, I’ll share a few thoughts on an issue faced by virtually every leader at some time in his or her career. Today’s Challenge: How do you find the right leader for an open position?
I’ve been a baseball fan my entire life. I started playing the game when I was 5 or 6 years old – a little late by today’s standards. I’ve played on good teams and bad, but I’ve never seen a successful team with nine second basemen. That’s the analogy I use when I see teams that lack diversity – specifically functional diversity.
Leadership transitions are tough – whether you’re an executive in a big company, a high school principle or a quarterback in the NFL. Today, let’s look at what we might learn from Manning’s departure that might help us all as we face our next leadership transition.
One of the most important decisions you and I make as leaders is, “Who’s on our team?” The results you’ll pursue will change over time, skills can be developed and community can be strengthened. However, if you have the wrong people around the table, your ultimate success will always be in jeopardy.