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“Leadership is not an event, it is a practice.”

It is the “daily little things where we practice putting the well-being of others before ourselves.”

Simon Sinek, speaking at a recent Leadercast event said this. He is the author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. I have not read these books, but they are being added to my list after hearing him at Leadercast.

Sinek shared the story of the Marine Corp, where it is well-known the officers always eat last. They put the needs of their troops ahead of their own. It was this story which became the basis for his recent book.

He shared other examples of how this is played out (and where it is not)

Jim Collins, in his bestselling book Good to Great, is famous for saying “get the right people on the bus.”

This is so true. Having good people has been one of the biggest reasons for our success in South Africa. But at times, we have to think differently in order to make this a reality. Here are three elements to help you build the right team:

1. Look for the Mold Breakers
A tendency when building a team is to think everyone should be like you. This was not a good strategy when choosing a partner for marriage, nor is it in building a team.

Good teams comprise of many talents, cultures(ethnic and denominationally), and include diversity in their composition(male/female) and personality (introvert /extrovert).

True unity does not come from conformity, but through diversity. Scripture articulates this with all the “one body, many members” illustrations (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)