How great leaders elevate their teams

By September 4, 2013All


It takes courage and humility to stand up and be the leader. But no one will follow unless you lead for the right reasons. People are looking for inspiring leaders to help them discover enriching moments and create genuine connections. What does it take for a leader to create more uplifting connections and take their team to a higher level?

They are Service Minded

To lead people, you must focus on serving them. You must have a commitment to remove obstacles in the way and clear a path free of excuses for your team. The people you lead need to be guided and directed toward adding value and serving a better world. The only way to do this, is leading by example and serving the people you lead day in and day out. Find out what is their purpose and unique value to the world.

They give personal attention

To become a great leader, you must make your people a success into your personal mission. The best leaders are always out talking to their people. They take the time to coach and train. They are engaged with conversations. They provide on-going feedback on performance, knowing the best people crave openness and honesty.

Most important, great leaders pay attention to the human side of the equation. They care about their people and connect on a personal level, knowing their inner lives encourage their success as much as any guidance. The best leaders make their people feel valued – or inspire them do those things that’ll ultimately make them feel better about their lives. They encourage contribution and meaningful creativity because everyone has a gift.

They encourage openness and vulnerability

What separates the great leaders from good ones? The great ones are always learning – and so are their people. That’s one area where true leaders excel. They’re constantly asking questions, constantly curious and never satisfied with the status quo. 

They embrace diversity and welcome people with different backgrounds and a different perspective – They develop their abilities. They recognize that change isn’t a threat, so they adapt to it (Even lead it). Most importantly, they understand one of the oldest maxims of leadership: The fastest way to lose credibility is to lose touch with what’s happening – and show no interest in catching up.

They bring out the best in each person

The best leaders wake up every day asking this question: “How am I making my people better?” How can elevate their game?” When a leader looks at people, they don’t focus on what they can’t do or what others say about someone. They look at what they can do.

You see, the best leaders don’t just hire people for today. They also consider their potential. They keep their eyes open for personal growth, since that’s where their people will ultimately find their core abilities. Knowing that, leaders seek opportunities to help their talent build momentum and confidence. Even when r people fall short, they know it takes time, trial, and error before they finally flourish.

They inject passion and meaning

People want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They dream of saying, “I did this. I helped create that.”  People know such big moments are sometimes rare. Great leaders recognize those moments and help people actualize them. People want to know that they’re part of a greater purpose, with leaders who have a vision and a plan for making it a reality.

They want to feel important, to see their ideas produce something significant. Most important,. That’s why you as a leader need to focus on building loyalty to a mission that ultimately outlasts you.

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  • Dear Tal, your delivery is so clear, so crisp, so convincing and so powerful. Truly resonating and you exude strength as a writer that is building in every one of your posts. I feel truly blessed to be inspired and uplifted by you. It is a pleasure to know my friend. I promise you one thing… keep writing like you do and I will keep commenting and being inspired!
    High regards,

  • KimunyaMugo says:

    Tal, great pointers you have here. Please allow me to add one more important way leaders elevate their teams. Leaders keep their word. They deliver their promises.

  • Alan Landers says:

    This will probably cause a bit of a reaction. I disagree with Tal’s comment that: “It takes courage and humility to stand up and be the leader.”

    Most of the leaders I know assume positions of leadership because they think they can do things better or because they’re frustrated with the way things are and have a better way, or some other internal drive that stems from confidence in themselves and their abilities.

    I don’t know a good leader who isn’t convinced he or she can’t make a difference. They think they can and that’s why they step up. There’s no courage in their minds. It’s a total belief that they can make things better. You’re not courageous if you are convinced you can do something.

    Others, who may not be leaders, may see it as courage, but it isn’t. It’s a conviction that stems from a belief in oneself.

    Humility is a nice trait admired by many. Some great leaders have it, other great leaders don’t. History is full of conceited leaders that have achieved incredible feats and amassed followers the size of countries.

    Great leaders are not necessarily good nor are they necessarily virtuous. They can be real s–ts. They don’t necessarily have the well-being of their followers in their minds either. Think of the great generals who have led their troops to death pursuing the leader’s vision. Think of leaders who have subdued their people through force and intimidation. We may not think of them a “good” leaders, but they are leaders just the same.

    If we are to study leadership we need to look at the good and the bad. I know it’s nice to place high-values or virtues on leaders, but that’s not what makes them good leaders. It may be what keeps them in power, but not what necessarily gets them the power in the first place.

    I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I just want to separate idealized leadership virtues from the personal attributes that cause someone to step forward, mobilize others, and lead.

  • Marcia Joseph says:

    Great post.great leaders embrace change and even lead it.Thank you

  • To elevate your team as Leader, please Speak less and work more. But also ” make sure you say the few you did and do the maximum of what you said.”

  • Thanks for sharing Tal. – Good leaders must first become good servants – Robert Greenleaf