Differences make a team stronger if teams are composed of the right talents for the mission and if each person understands and accepts those who are different. They will play a critical role in the success of the team if they’re accepted and appreciated for their different talents.
As you have probably already noticed at home and at work, it is the natural struggles of those who are different that can irritate us the most. For example, if you are naturally Outgoing, then those quiet, unresponsive, unfriendly Reserved folks can be challenging. And if you are Reserved, those loud, talkative, emotional Outgoing folks can be a real turnoff.
A good team usually needs a variety of Talents (Strengths), but the reality is that the other side of the coin—their accompanying Struggles—will show up as the “sand in the gears” that disrupts smooth teamwork.
Do you want to stand out as a mature, influential leader? We train leaders and teams to have these three qualities:
- Be self-aware of your own Strengths and Struggles.
- Be others-aware of their Strengths and Struggles.
- Learn how to make this unique team mix of Strengths and Struggles more positive than negative.
Great leaders create positive team dynamics by celebrating Strengths and accepting their accompanying Struggles. This open recognition of both sides of the coin for self and others is a sign of humility and self-awareness that facilitates the needed trust for team cohesion.
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Read the entire article on this topic – “How Exceptional Leaders Value Differences in Others”
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