“Try not to become a person of success but rather seek to become a person of value”
Add Value to Others by Making Yourself a More Valuable Person
I remember when I developed a personal assessment survey. I gave it to my leadership team to assess me as a leader. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I gave it to them. I was humbled by their honesty and their suggestions. I was also grateful that we had already been developing the team relationally.
Why would I make myself accountable to my team and ask them to assess me? I saw I needed to become a better leader for them. This meant I had to become more valuable myself before I could add more value to them.
In essence I needed to become more of what they needed in a leader in order for them to become more of what I needed in a team. This has made all the difference in our relationship and effectiveness; not to mention for me as a leader.
I now give out the survey each year in late August or early September, they are to be returned by September 30th. I then take the fourth quarter of the year to read them and follow through on the recommendations that most resonate with me, and map out how I will improve on those areas in the year ahead.
I sometimes discuss certain suggestions privately with a team member for the sake of clarity. Demonstrating my own commitment to intentionally improving myself as a person each year over the year before is contagious. Modeling intentional growth inspires others when they see the results.
I found that making myself a more valuable person has given me a more valuable team. By seeking to make myself a more valuable leader, I ended up growing into the 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as a result.
Those Qualities Are:
BE ADAPTABLE: If you won’t change for the team, the team may change you
COLLABORATIVE: Working together precedes winning together
COMMITTED: There are no halfhearted champions
COMMUNICATIVE: A team is many voices with a single heart
COMPETENT: If you can’t, your team won’t
DEPENDABLE: Teams go to go–to players
DISCIPLINED: Where there’s a will, there’s a win
ENLARGING: Adding value to teammates is invaluable
ENTHUSIASTIC: Your heart is the source of energy for the team
INTENTIONAL: Make every action count
MISSION CONSCIOUS: The (big) picture is coming in loud and clear
PREPARED: Preparation can mean the difference between winning and losing
RELATIONAL: If you get along, others will go along
SELF – IMPROVING: To improve the team, improve yourself
SELFLESS: There Is No I in Team
SOLUTION ORIENTED: Make a resolution to find the solution
TENACIOUS: Never, Never, Never quit
I encourage you to make next year your best year ever by not trying to become a person of success, but rather seek to become a person of value.
“If will you always give others more than what they pay for, they will always be paying you to give them more” – JSP
* From “The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player” by John C Maxwell
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