Three Team Members Everyone Needs

Here are three types of people that every team leader needs:

Sneezers -The Sneezers are the people on your team who, after catching the vision, understanding the mission and fully believing in the power of what you are doing, uncontrollably share it with other people.  They talk about it.  They invite people in.  They become walking billboard for what is happening.  They not only serve on the team, but spread the word enthusiastically.  It’s grassroots, organic PR that can never be bought.

Pleasers – These team members, in the midst of change, direction, mission and work, find ways to connect, communicate and keep people happily moving forward together. You need someone on your team to pull people in.  To love them.  To keep camaraderie going. You need someone to soften the hearts and help people see the great things going on.  Pleasing people gets a bad wrap in many leadership articles. It’s true, you can’t make your only goal to “please people.” There are times when the decisions needs to be made that won’t please people.  But, I think we make a mistake if we always equate being right with everyone being upset.

Free-ers – Free-ers intuitively know what needs to be done and begins to go to work, thereby freeing up the leaders for more leading. The free-er is the person who has 1) either become familiar with the work of the team or 2) has gifts and skills in specific areas of administration or systems and takes on projects.  When something is turned over to this person, the leader is free to think of visionary things.  In fact, many times, the free-ers suggest what they can take on or help with.  Free-ers make delegation easy.

When you pinpoint these valuable team members, celebrate them, nurture them, and thank them.


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