Your Team Growth Philosophy

Irrespective of the field you work in, leading a team is one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavours you will ever undertake.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Leading your team through the day-to-day or week-to-week is one thing but leading your team while focusing on their growth over the course of year is an entirely different game. When focused on today, you look at fires as they rise up and lead your team to resolve them. But when focused on growth, the mindset changes to perhaps letting those fires burn while new longer term initiatives are planned out.

Team growth is an often overlooked facet of team development as the general assumptions made and applied are to — keep the team growing in numbers, ensure they are all trained well, focus on a strong culture fit within the team and organization and generally be ready for anything.

But when we are looking to establish our philosophy for team growth we need to dig a little deeper and recognize that team growth takes these general assumptions and turns them on their head.

When establishing your team’s growth philosophy here are some criteria that you should consider;

  • It’s not about growing in size, it’s about growing the output of the team you have now.
  • Culture fit is great but team growth recognizes the need that you might have to change your culture to get where you really want to go.
  • You might be the leader today, but tomorrow or six months from now, it might make more sense to hand the reigns over to someone else as they emerge stronger than you.
  • What outside influences are needed to help your team grow? Training? Maybe, is it internal or external, is it individual or for the whole team. When possible, do as a team as this can help strengthen bonds.
  • Are there internal targets on delivery of projects that need to be hit? Do they align to the growth of your team?
  • What about each individual on your team? Do they have goals for growth? Does the potential exist to align their’s, your teams and your organizations into one consistent Value Proposition?

These are only some suggestions that you should consider when thinking of your groups growth philosophy that you and your team might want to start with.

Critical to the success any team’s growth philosophy is the necessity for the all members of the team to answering all of the above questions and for the entire team to get together to discuss and establish the proper course of action.

Doing so on your own, in a vacuum with only your ideas brought to the table is not the establishment of your team’s growth philosophy but the creation of your own individual growth philosophy. As leaders, we might start the engine and get the ball rolling, but as we leaders we are also only one equal component of the team.

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