Monday Challenge: The Captain’s Class
A book was written a few years back called, “The Captain’s Class”.
It researched thousands of sports teams who had back-to-back winning seasons. In this research a pattern was found, not in their star players, but in star captains. The teams with the strongest leaders– not strongest talents–, were found to be exceptionally successful. On the flip side, those who employed their star players as their leadership often found little success. Egos and politics got in the way.
Your challenge this week is to acknowledge – specifically to acknowledge the success of others.
Whether it be the nurse who fixed a tricky situation, a fellow team member who took over a problem and resolved it, or a spouse who resolved a conflict, acknowledge the success of others. It’s one of the surest ways to show respect. Observe the successes of others, no matter how small. It’s the way that you get into that captain’s class. When people feel acknowledged, not only do they feel appreciated, but they are exceptionally better at what they do. Another interesting thing happens when you appreciate others. You see them more as people, possibly even as friends. As a growing leader who practices acknowledgment of others, you might find that work is even something you look forward to.