“The leaders who work most effective, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they’ve trained themselves not to say it. They think “We” and they think “team”. They understand their job is to be to make sure the team functions. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” — Peter Drucker
John Murphy wrote Pulling Together with that principal in mind. Read the follow excerpt:
At the center of every high performance team is a common purpose -a mission that rises above and beyond each of the individual team members. To be successful, the team’s interests and needs come first. This requires “we-opic”vision (“What’s in it for we?”), a challenging step up from the common “me-optic” mindset.
It means sharing unique strengths and differences to move the team forward. Effective teams understand the importance of establishing cooperative systems, structures, incentives and rewards.
To embrace the team-first rule, make sure your team purpose and priorities are clear. What is your overall mission? What is your game plan? What is expected of each team member? How can each member contribute most effectively? Then stop and ask yourself, are you putting the team first?