The Teamwork For A Winning Project
There is nothing easier to do that pays so much in extra as making sure that your colleagues get their share of the credit for the success of project. Spreading the credit among your coworkers for a winning project actually radiates you in a positive light. By deflecting credit onto others, you gain in status and prestige- two very important ingredients in the formula for keeping your job.
Team-building is all about recognizing each person's contribution to a job, project or company. It's not just about the person who pushed the ball over the goal line. It's as much about the teammate who designed the play and the guy who ran obstructions that allowed the ball carrier to score. And who coordinated the execution of the plan? The team leader.
Colleagues respond to good leaders who bend over backwards to make sure they get their share of the credit. Before long, people will ask to work with you because they know that you are not a self-promoter. They know that when you make the presentation you will acknowledge and credit the group's work and what it accomplished. So simply by virtue of sharing the credit with your coworkers, some of it washes back on you.
There Is No "I" In Team
Still plenty of people don't understand the meaning of the old saying, "There is no 'I' in Team". Enthusiastically, they show everyone what they can accomplish on their own. By not getting all the credit, they are afraid that somehow they are less valuable to the organization. The fact is, when it comes to a team project, your manager and your manager's manager didn't rocket from the mail room to the board room with no stops in between. They know that 99.9 percent of the time, a project's outcome isn't the doing of one very industrious person. Sure, one person does the presentation, but they know that there were ten people behind the scenes contributing information, helping hammer out solutions, and writing the final report and its conclusions.
They know this because not so very long ago they were on a team similar to yours. Moreover, if you use "I" all the time, you are risking a whisper rebellion by your teammates. Word will spread across the company that you are a jerk who takes credit for other people's work. That one comment will spread across the company like a virus and ruin you and maybe your job.
Make A Good Impression
It is not usual to be the leader of a team that includes senior-level executives. So if you get tapped to head up a project, take careful note of precisely who is seated around the conference table. Obviously, you don't want to favor anyone on your team. Nevertheless, be mindful of how you talk to, and act toward, your teammates. You can bet that they are closely observing your leadership performance. For better or worse, they will remember how you acted under pressure. But most importantly, they will be watching to see how generous you are when it comes to giving credit for the work. The last things you want are a couple of executives telling their peers that they would steer clear of you at all costs and never allow you on one of their projects.
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Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams. http://lighthouse-leadership.com
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