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Every team should be about reaching the team’s potential. This includes the wins that everyone is usually worried about. However, if the team only ever aims at the team win, it will often overlook the development of the individuals on the team. This sacrifices the immediate goal for the long term goal of growth and development. Everyone on the team has a future potential. It takes a leader who sees the potential of the team as a higher priority to actually reach it.
Teams that believe people can change and grow are more likely to tap into the potential of the team. Unfortunately, most people who answer in the affirmative when asked if they believe that people can change or grow don’t usually match their answer with behavior that supports it. This requires a long-view approach to development and not a quick fix expectation. This is difficult when jobs are on the line so many team leaders undermine their ability to reach their team’s potential because they expect change and development at unreasonable rates. People can change and grow but probably not as fast as you need them to. That fact still doesn’t undermine the truth that people can change.
Great teams understand that while there may be truth in stereotypes, it is often valuable to search for the less obvious qualities of a potential teammate. These are qualities that are intangible and often not coachable. These are the qualities that pleasantly surprise us about people and tend to set them apart from the rest of the people we interact with. They are the reason we keep people around when no one else understands exactly why they get opportunities others don’t.