what do you tell a leadership team?

Today and tomorrow, I, and two others, have the privilege of facilitating a retreat for a leadership team from an organization that is making a difference. The organization has been around quite a while, but many on the team are new or relatively new so we will hopefully be helping them to connect and to learn what it means to truly be a team.

We do have two full days of training and activities scheduled with some really good materials including Lencioni’s one day seminar on “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team“. But as I was thinking about the retreat, it occurred to me to ask, what is the one thing that I want them to come away from this retreat understanding and embracing.

The thing that hit me was “You Need Each Other“. To me, understanding that is fundamental to the operation of a good team is the core understanding that you actually need the other members of your team. Once you understand your need for the other members of your team, you begin to appreciate them as people with unique skills, strengths, experiences, quirks, and weaknesses. And you learn to value all of that and more.

If you are a team member, I would ask you to consider if you truly appreciate your need for the other members on your team?

Also, when you think about leadership teams – what is the one thing you would want to tell them?