By Julie Genovesi, CWCC Member
One of my favorite things about running my business is the opportunity to bring a team together to work on projects that we all share an affinity for. The first time I experienced this dynamic was when I was part of a “Mom’s Group” many years ago and many times our group leader used the phrase “for the good of the group”. I believe it was a reminder to all of us that we were bigger and better together. That truly is what excites me. Over the years I have achieved results leading groups by one very simple rule: “Lead by example.” Much like parenting you must be genuine, honest, loving, and trustworthy. After all, we really are raising a “family” to work together and achieve positive results.
Here are a few tips:
- Everyone has a voice. Some are louder than others so be sure the weaker voice gets heard.
- Everything is expressed with kindness always allowing a dialogue that challenges people to think
- Creativity in solving problems is encouraged
- The diversity of the group is a valuable asset. What can we learn from others?
- Recognize the strengths of each individual. Never try to stuff a square peg into a round hole.
- Encourage members to meet one-on-one informally. Everyone has a story and it’s usually fascinating.
- Know what makes each individual perform their best and what they get excited about
- Are you excited about leading your group? You had better be. Your group will take on your personality and energy while feeling your excitement. They will also know when you are faking it.
- Make the hard decisions. Make them swiftly and carefully. Their trust is in you.
- Communicating is so important. What are your expectations? What do we stand for?
- Intuition. Listen to it.
- Be Daring. Be Different. Be First. Remind your group that they are the best at what they do.
As the leader of any group you are held to higher standards so know your stuff. If you don’t then its ok to ask but being prepared for the task at hand is what you are there to do. Take it seriously and always remember that whatever you do it should always be done “for the good of the group.”
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