Something that I can see in almost everything is The Law of the Chain. The Law of the Chain is that “The Strength of the Team is Impacted by its Weakest Link”. A company, group or team that works well together will take a massive hit if even one of the members is not working as well. Here’s three situations that can happen.
In this situation, everyone works as a 10, but the group is not synergized together, so their total is significantly lower than a synergized group. Less work will be completed, and team members will not work together well on projects. If one person goes down to a five, then it’s only a 10% loss in work.
2: 2x3x2x3x2 = 72
In this situation, the group is synergized, but everyone is not very good at working. They work together well, but the quality and ability to work is much lower. This hardly works well and if a two turns into a one, then it’s a 50% loss.
3. 10x10x10x10x10=100 000
This is the ideal situation. Everyone has a high ability and wants to work. They all synergize together as a group. In this case it’s still a 50% loss if one of the members drops to a five. Compared to the groups that are not synergized, they will still be years ahead.
This you why you need to choose the right people and not just a quantity of people for your team. Quality over quantity.
For future use on TALONS trips and other uses, I will more carefully choose who I work with. If I end up with someone who is not synergizing, I will try my best to help them and bring them up to a synergized ten. What is really important is to start with group members who are already a ten or close to a ten. This will make it a lot easier, rather than needing to bring everyone to a 10 in the first place.
Leaders influence others. A leader can go somewhere, but a good leader can persuade others to go with them there.
There are 3 important questions about influence to ask about leaders:
- Who do they influence? (Who are their followers)
- Who influences them? (Who do they follow)
- Are they gaining or losing influence?
A potential leader will be gaining influence, whereas a past leader will usually be losing influence. A good leader influences everyone, a bad one influences no one. Leaders see other leaders and who they influence. They know how well influence can spread.
I especially relate to this topic because I see and gain a lot of influence from friends, teammates and classmates. At climbing for example I’ve been influenced to be more extroverted and to try something even if I don’t think I can do it. This has helped me with TALONS and doing public speaking. While I’m still nervous, I’ve gotten significantly better at public speaking because of the influence I have received from others. In the future I plan to use my own influence to help my classmates and the grade 9’s improve upon their leadership. I think I can influence my peers to become better leaders and influencers in this world.
It is easier to teach what is right than to do what is right. Teaching people what you know is right is simple, but always doing it right proves to be quite difficult for most people. Often in workplaces you will see someone being taught a task, but later see the teacher not doing the task how they taught it. Either from bad habits or because they found a more efficient way to do it that they didn’t teach the new worker. People copy other people who they respect and look up to.
There are two types of leaders that relate to this topic.
- The Travel Agent who sends people to their destination. This leader may not have ever been to that destination before but will send others to it. They will give people tasks that they have never completed before and expect them to do them. This leader expects others to do tasks and jobs that they have not done themself.
- The Tour Guide takes people to their destination. This is the kind of leader you want to be. This leader only gives others tasks they have done themselves. They show them how to do it themselves and bring them to it. They don’t expect other to do tasks and jobs that they have not done themself.
I see this happen in my friend’s workplaces. The boss as a Travel Agent gives out jobs for the workers to do but has never done the job and gets angry when the job isn’t done to their standards. My friends often complain about this because it’s very unfair to them.
In the future I will be more of a Tour Guide and try my best to teach and show others how to do a task I have already done. For TALONS trips this will probably be teaching the grade 9’s about cooking supplies, camping supplies and how to teach others.
As leaders, We Multiply. Leaders produce other leaders; they influence and grow potential leaders into fully fledged leaders. For that, there are four levels of leadership.
Levels of Leadership:
- Entry Levels – These leaders know where they are going.
- Credibility Level – These leaders are able to take themselves there.
- Accepted Level – These leaders are able to take followers there.
- Highest Level – These leaders are able to take other leaders there.
Ideally, as a leader, you want to take other leaders to where you are and sometimes beyond you. You want to grow leaders stronger than yourself, so that they can make even stronger leaders.
I see this in myself and others. I personally try to build people up to be better leaders than myself. I will continue to do this in TALONS. By building better leaders, it will help me lead better on my own because I can learn from those better leaders. Those leaders can also help support me when I lead. In the program I will teach my peers how to become better leaders and will help them teach others through trip planning, event planning and lesson teaching.