I care deeply about their well being, and I’m extremely grateful to have their loyal support.
There was a time 8-10 years ago when I struggled through some painful learning curves with my team members. I was fortunate enough to attract some awesome people to support my business, but a few wrong fit people got in, and I didn’t let them go fast enough to avoid the havoc they wrecked.
Those negative experiences left me traumatized and feeling that every team member was a potential liability. I felt reluctant to grow my business because that would mean depending more on people who might stab me in the back or let me down.
I actually saw building my team like building a house of cards - it could all come tumbling down at any moment.
Well, that’s no way to grow a business. Fear-based thinking and actions only manifest more reasons to be afraid.
As I matured in my CEO role and learned from team building experts, things got better.
I began to see my team members as valuable assets instead of liabilities. While each of their roles is different, we’re all rowing together to fulfill the same purpose. It’s like we’re on a boat and we can go much farther and faster while we’re in sync.
Plus it’s SO much more fun and expansive to grow with a great team. The people I’ve been able to attract are solid, good-hearted people who consistently show up and add so much energy to our community.
This gives me incredible peace of mind.
Here are my best leadership mindset shifts that have fostered a strong, cooperative team, who I can always count on.