Teaming up is better than working alone–is the key to success when it comes to working on a mission or on a project.
Chanakya puts the same thought in the following verse, “Let us two build a fort” (7.12.1)
Man is a social animal and requires the help of others to survive. From a competitive mindset, one should move to a compatibility mindset. Leaders should develop the ability to work in teams and also inspire their teams to work together. And this applies to all the facets of life, at workplace, in a competitive market and even at managing home affairs.
Discuss the project before you start
Better to involve than just inform. If you are going to take up a new assignment call your people and tell them about it. “What do you feel? Is there a better way to do it?” The suggestions and opinions will help you to look at the project from different angles. Sometimes the best ideas come from the bottom; even a child’s simple ideas can be highly beneficial.
Show the directions but let them walk
As a team leader, this is the most important role that you should play. Tell them where to go and when to reach. Let them decide which route to take, which mode of transport is better etc. Give them the freedom to do the work in their way. Most leaders have a major problem in this regards, “…when I did it last time, I did it this way, and you also should do it this way!” There are better ways of doing things. Try to adopt change.
“In happiness and sorrow, in illness and health, in good moments and sad–together we shall be.”