John Maxwell’s blog shares valuable team building concepts for IT and business leaders

Most teams don’t naturally get better on their own. Left alone, they don’t grow, improve, or reach championship caliber. The good news is that your leadership style can build a winning team, or transform the one you have. Here are four leadership styles you can employ that can make or break your ability to succeed – because no one succeeds alone.

LEADERSHIP STYLE #1: ENCOURAGE SIGNIFICANCE — Become a better team leader by thinking about the greatest dream you have for your life.  Create that vision for the team as a whole

LEADERSHIP STYLE #2: SHARE IN THE BIG PICTURE — Members of a team must have mutually beneficial shared goals. They must be motivated to work together, not manipulated by someone for individual glory.

LEADERSHIP STYLE #3: BENCH STACKING — Every team has three groups of players. First, there are starters, who directly add value to the organization or who directly influence its course. Second, there are bench players, who add value to the organization indirectly or who support the starters who do.  The third group is a core group within the starters that I call the inner circle members. These are the people that without whom, the team would fall apart.

LEADERSHIP STYLE #4: CLEAR COMMUNICATION & GOOD LISTENING — As the leader of an organization, you set the tone for communication. Your communication must be consistent, clear, and courteous. Leaders must also be good listeners.