I was facilitating a meeting with a leadership team of a nonprofit recently. We were spending a half day on how they can work better together as a team, and the meeting was going really well. (I love helping nonprofits grow, it’s one of the best ways for me to live my Purpose.)
Toward the end of the meeting I asked them this:
I assume you’d all agree that the success of your organization is directly tied to how successful you are as leaders? And that the stronger your leadership team is, the more likely you are to hit your goals?
(head nods from all)
Great. Other than this meeting, and the one we had earlier in the year, how much time have you spent working on being better individual leaders, and on being a stronger leadership team?
The answer was, of course, zero. This team had spent a total of 6 hours ALL YEAR on being better leaders, when they all agree that’s the most important thing they could be working on.
And they’re not alone, not at all! In my experience, this is how most companies function. The leaders in the organization work extremely hard, becoming better at running their departments and somewhat better at being managers (through experience alone.) But rarely do leadership teams work on being better leaders.
This is why I spend so much of my time and energy working with the Dragon Army leadership team. I know that the more effective they are, the more they trust each other, the more they work together as a team, and the more they understand what it means to be a leader at our company, the more likely we are to hit our goals.
And the more fun we’ll have ;)6