The 5 Enemies of Team Unity
Having a team that is unified is critical to success.
But so often we see dysfunction cripple what could be a thriving team of humans.
Over the past 7 years of leading RHINO MEDIA, I've daily recalled the 5 enemies of team unity, which I gleaned from Dave Ramsey's organizational leadership training. I'm sharing today to help others who may have struggled with team unity.
1 - Lack of Shared Purpose: If your team doesn't agree on what the mission is, or they don't hold the same values, there will be disunity. The best teams all understand what "winning" looks like to them, and they all march in the same direction. A team of rowers is a powerful force because everyone is rowing, in synchronization, with a shared intensity.
2 - Gossip: Pretty simple. Talking about issues to anyone who can't solve the problem. Dave Ramsey is adamant on his zero tolerance policy here.
3 - Unresolved Conflict: Conflict in an organization is inevitable, but the issue must be tackled head on. The worst thing that can happen is just ignoring it, hoping it goes away. It won't.
4 - Failure to Communicate: You have to be willing to communicate dissatisfaction or frustration with your team in a healthy, respectful way. Otherwise, everyone starts playing poker with their feelings.
5 - Sanctioned Incompetence: This will erode trust in your team if you allow continuous reckless, foolish or poor performance or behavior. Ultimately, as a leader, it's your fault if you have continuous habitual incompetence on your team.
I encourage you to follow great teams, and look for the ways that they do things differently.
Hope this was helpful! As usual, have your own experiences, do your own thing! Don't just take what you read here as the final word. Experiment and apply to your own life and business.