Leaders are people who want to get things done. That’s why we lead teams, organizations, or businesses. We have dreams and visions, goals and objectives, and a finite amount of time in which to operate (i.e., no one lives forever!). And it often means having to work with people to get things done.
The question is: what is the best way to speed up your team?
Because we want to get things done, we’re constantly looking for better ways to do things. Not shortcuts – unless the shortcut produces a better result. Typically, we’re refining our systems and structures to be more efficient. The idea is simple: the more efficient we become, the more we will be able to do – and quicker.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m no fan of inefficiency. I believe our organizations can always be more efficient. But there is one tool in a leader’s toolbox that is more effective than efficiency at speeding up a team. What is it?
It’s not a system or structure, though it certainly influences our systems and structures.
It’s not a new incentive structure or bonus payout, though it will lead to more productive teams.
It’s one word.
If you want to get a group of ten or twelve individuals to work faster together, focus on deepening the trust they have in you and each other. A team that trusts one another works well together. Which means, they spend less time worrying and more time doing.
A team that doesn’t trust one another will begin to slow down. Additional information will be needed before making a decision (more meetings), more questions will be asked (in those meetings), and false assumptions about a person’s intentions will exert unnecessary sideways energy. Which will lead to even more meetings.
Even more harmful than unnecessary meetings is the damage that distrust does to a team’s morale and spirit. Generally speaking, only mentally unstable people thrive on constant drama and unhealthy conflict.
Notice I said, “unhealthy conflict.” A team that operates on trust will still have conflict, but because they trust one another they are able to work through it faster. Instead of “the meeting after the meeting,” a trusting team has the hard conversations and moves on.
As a leader, the best thing you can do to speed up your team is to be intentional about creating a culture of trust. It starts with you — you can’t delegate your character development to someone. It will require changes. It will be hard and you’ll wonder if it’s worth it.
It’s worth it.
Experience and Background
- Professor at Warner University
- masters in business administration (mba)
- presenter at the WFX National Conference
- former president, Church Planters of the Rockies
- helped start 2 for-profit tech companies
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