One of my favorite articles written about teams is by Warren Bennis entitled “The Secrets of Great Groups.” He said about leaders of great groups:
“In short, despite their differences in style, the leaders of Great Groups share four behavioral traits. Without exception, the leaders of Great Groups:
- Provide direction and meaning. They remind people of what’s important and why their work makes a difference.
- Generate and sustain trust. The group’s trust in itself — and its leadership — allows members to accept dissent and ride through the turbulence of the group process.
- Display a bias toward action, risk taking, and curiosity. A sense of urgency — and a willingness to risk failure to achieve results — is at the heart of every Great Group.
- Are purveyors of hope. Effective team leaders find both tangible and symbolic ways to demonstrate that the group can overcome the odds. “
So as the leader of your lodge are you demonstrating these traits described by Bennis?