Last week while attending IHRSA30 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to see to speakers that touched on my area of focus - leadership and team building. First, we heard Dan Pink talk about his book Drive, and I will be writing soon about the reactions of my fitness industry colleagues to that presentation.
To open the sessions on Thursday morning, we heard from Pat Lencioni, founder of The Table Group. His presentation was based loosely around several of his books, but most impactful to me was the focus around Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Take a look at his comments Dysfunction #1 - Absence of Trust:
He continues throughout his presentation to discuss the other dysfunctions; Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results. While those are important, unless you and your team can work together and trust each other, with vulnerable trust, then you cannot successfully address the other dysfunctions.
Riding the escalator afterwards, I heard two gentlemen behind me discussing their thoughts on Pat's presentation as it applied to their team. "Forget about the last four - we haven't nearly gotten a handle on the first one yet. Do you think it's possible?" While I didn't turn around and answer, my thought was "YES!" While it may be difficult, it's all about having leaders who are vulnerable, who admit their weaknesses and allow their teams to see them working towards becoming better. If that kind of honest leadership is there, it resonates and allows the rest of the team to grow that way as well.