Picture 3Listening to Paul Barker teaching us the 5 Foundations of Productive Teams (based on Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team).

He mentioned an very interesting poll made by Gallup. There are 4 main things people look for from a productive and highly effective leader. I’ll start with the 4th. Here goes…

4. Create hope.

Members of a team want a leader that inspire and instigate vision. They want to see their leader ‘lead’ them to where they need to go.

3. Provide stability.

A.D.D. has become an excuse by leaders who don’t even have A.D.D. to justify instability. People who follow a ‘red balloon’ one day and then another ‘red balloon’ the next week has caused many a team member to lose trust. People want stability. People need stability to trust their leader.

2. Show compassion.

When a team member says, “My leader cares about me as a person, not just about what I can contribute to the organization,” it becomes a win for the whole team. People follow leaders who show compassion and sense that they are not just being ‘used’ as an instrument for the success of the organization.

1. Build trust.

Leaders who build trust not just because of what they say but by how they live their life and apply the very standards they ask their team members to meet is what people seek for. Trust is built when leaders lead by example not by a ‘top-down’ type of leadership which would be – ‘do as I say with no questions asked.’