Great Leaders Know This Word: Together

Together. When leaders embrace the ethos of this powerful word, they position their team for greatness. Twitter_logo_blue

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Wise leaders bring others with them and genuinely believe that working together, alongside others is the only way to greatness. They don’t position themselves above everyone else, like some medieval king, issuing orders and judgments from their high throne. True leaders desire to scale mountains with others.

A stellar example of a leader exemplifying togetherness is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., locking hands with his fellow civil rights leaders and supporters, and marching forward. Have you seen one of those black and white videos? Together, yet leading the way. Sometimes he could be seen up front. Other times, he was not. But his marches and his peaceful movement was always an endeavor of togetherness.

As you lead your people forward, remember that people will want to come along if they feel a part of the journey. If you go it alone, your followers always behind you in the distance, neither of you will get very far. Moreover, it is much sweeter, richer, and more meaningful to go together. Here is how together is communicated, and the way it looks and works.

Together says, “I value your effort.”

When you tell your people, “together we will make this happen,” you are positioning yourself to be with them in whatever battle you are facing. Therefore, you create an equal footing with your team, where each person has a role to contribute. Each plays a unique part that you, as the leader, value. I don’t know about you, but I like to be valued by the leaders I follow. I want to know that my time and my contribution matter. I want to know that I am not inconsequential, irrelevant, or disposable. Living out a together culture, communicates that you value your people’s efforts.

Together says, “I value your thinking.”

Do you value your people’s thinking? Do you credit them for their ideas and their views? Do you respect and listen to them? If a leader does not have time for my thoughts, we are really not going together. That leader thinks he knows it all, and I am just a mere hand. I insist that my teams think with me. Every week, I meet with each person on my team, and after I update them as to what is going on, I ask several questions that communicate that I value their thinking. Because I do. I ask, “In what areas do we need to improve as a team?” I ask, “What are your thoughts about that person we interviewed?” I even ask questions about areas that I am comfortable and confident to decide alone. But I don’t want to decide alone. Because we are marching forward together.

Together asks, “Will you come with me?”

Leadership must start with a gentle question, “Will you come with me?” Twitter_logo_blue Respecting the will of others is the hallmark of a together culture. In bringing people along, you should never demand, “you must come with me.” As you share the vision, and ask others to shape it, your expression to them should always be, “I would love for you to come with me. Would you?” When leaders venture to great places together, in my mind’s eye I see a group of willing people, freely joining in a march for glory. I see a group that joined together because one person or several people decided to go somewhere worthwhile and invited others to come along with them.

Together says, “I appreciate you.”

Leaders who only go forward in a culture of togetherness, lay their head to sleep at night feeling so grateful for those who have given them their trust and their hearts and decided to join them on the journey. A culture of togetherness centers around appreciating each other. After all, if the journey involves everyone, then everyone must be appreciated.

Together releases the strength of others.

When a person knows that the leader truly needs them, that they are valued as a partner, each person starts seeking to give their best. People contribute their best because their best is needed, and it is appreciated. Team members don’t hold back. Talents and gifts are manifested. As a result, boundless energy and potential is released. This symphony of togetherness celebrates the strengths each player adds.

Together makes the journey more meaningful.

I love nothing more than to accomplish a great goal with my team. I see them beaming because of what we’ve achieved together. All of a sudden, we each feel like a bigger person—more confident, more able, and more alive. If you are not energized by this bond that teams feel when they go amazing places together, I don’t think you can truly excel at leadership. If your leadership is only about your personal success, your achievement, or your winning, prospering, and accomplishing, then your leadership will never rise above a positional status. Positional leadership means people only do things for you because of your rank. Great leaders refuse to make it all about themselves. Rather they choose a more meaningful path, together.

Together takes the journey farther.

The majority of the greatest successes and the farthest reaches in the history of leadership happened when people came together. It only makes sense. When people feel valued and appreciated, they willingly give their best consistently Twitter_logo_blue, and each member truly wants the team to reach its dreams. How could a group of people not go far when they are working together?

Examine your leadership today. How can you make it even more of a together journey?

Your Friend,
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For Further Reading:

A Leader’s #1 Priority – Building a Strong Team
Help Your People Succeed In Life

2 Comments
  • Paul Coneff
    Posted at 09:27h, 03 October Reply

    Great post! Jesus said that He came to be “WITH” us, not over us, even as He was God. We can lead by drawing others into the mission or ministry, moving forward with them, modeling servant leadership. A real leader is never threatened by others using their gifts, time, energy and resources in tandem with his or her leadership. A real leader is never threatened by sharing the work and the credit. I just finished a major project in my life, my book based on Christ’s suffering and how it can heal us, and not just heal us and set us free, but move us into ministry. My co-writer, Lindsey Gendke went the extra mile and more to invest herself in the project, and her writing skills are part of her gifts, her passion in life, while I do not enjoy writing. She took my content, and stories of people lives to another level that I could not do, so I put her name on the front cover of my book. I want people to know that she was a significant part of the project. And her story of healing, freedom and moving into ministry ended up in the book as well. Lindsey has her own book as well, with her full life story and I will be promoting that as well. If we believe that leadership is like the tide, raising everyone in the tide, we will all be blessed, and our leadership influence will expand. With thanks for a great blog.

  • Cobrain P Sparrow
    Posted at 15:32h, 06 October Reply

    Wow, Wes!!!! I never looked at leadership that way. I am going to apply the principles from this lesson to the office I work at. Awesome!!!!! Thank you for your great wisdom that always seems to align with the Bibles Principles.

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