Attending to the inner team
Wherever we look we are surrounded by teams. We may well be leading one. We’ll certainly be members of one and, probably, several if we spend some time thinking about all the groupings of people to which we belong and contribute.
As a unit a team that’s high performing is one of the most effective forces of man-made construct and of nature – think ant colony or bee hive or whale pod as examples of the power of working together.
Yet we can forget to make the investment that’s needed, day in, day out to maintain the high level of functioning. This is a core part of the team leader’s work…perhaps more so than anything else if we are committed to achieving with and through people. Attending to our own fitness to lead and to the ‘well-being’ in the widest sense of each team member and the team as a unit is the work.
The journey to a great team starts with us as leaders and the work we do with our ‘inner team’ and by that I mean the qualities that inform how we show up with our outer team. Here we’re reflecting on and constantly developing our self-awareness, the ability to manage our emotions and our emotional resilience. We’re reviewing how well we trust ourselves and whether and where that self-trust fluctuates according to circumstance.
We’re monitoring the ‘health’ of our heart – not in the medical sense but rather ensuring it is supporting our expression of love, passion, compassion, discernment and courage appropriately, allowing us to really connect with our outer team in the way we speak and interact with them.
And we’re keeping the channel open for the helping hand of our intuition – allowing a wisdom or knowing that often belies the bald facts to support what we decide and do.
I firmly believe that if our inner team is hooked up, we can play our full part in our outer team too. How about you?