Let’s talk about sports.
On the one hand you get teams that have it all – they’ve got the most skilled players, talented coaching staff, tons of support and state-of-the-art facilities. One would expect this team to shine simply because of all of the opportunities they are being given to do just that.
But then how do you explain the more humble, smaller teams that don’t have anywhere near the same level of resources but somehow, they manage to succeed regardless?
For me, it all comes down to human potential. And how good leaders are able to get the most out of their team. And these principles are the same for business.
Harnessing strengths, not focussing on weaknesses
Let’s say you have two players – the one is particularly good on attack, the other is a superb defender. It wouldn’t make much sense to focus all your efforts on improving your star attacker’s poor defensive skills, would it?
Rather, good leaders will help their players to identify their strengths and they’ll leverage each person’s talents and piece these different skills together as part of greater team’s success. It’s the responsibility of the team leader to make sure that each person plays to his or her strengths.
Sure, we’re talking about a team but the crux of all of this is about each individual and unlocking and nurturing each player’s competitive potential. If either of these players aren’t feeling valued, happy or fulfilled, they won’t be able to perform at their best and the entire team will suffer.
Here are my top tips for unlocking human potential include:
#1. Start with yourself: Remember what I said about players not being able to reach their full potential if they aren’t happy or motivated? Well, the same rule applies for those in leadership roles. By understanding what inspires you as a person and knowing your own stregths and weaknesses, you’re better equipped to inspire others.
#2. Understand your team: Most leaders will notice where a team member is performing poorly, often before they even notice where they may be excelling. This mindset, and the employee performance management in general, needs to change. To do so, leaders really need to get to know each team member. This also makes it easier to identify if someone simply isn’t the right fit for the team.
#3. Play the game: Teams that never compete or face challenges will never know how good they actually are. You have to experience highs and lows in order to grow, learn and become a stronger team.
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