Get ahead as fast as you can, get promoted, get more money, get higher up the totem pole. In the end, if this is the big picture of big business, then self-promotion will sooner or later catch up with your team. If everyone is just looking out for number one, then the “Team of One” will never happen.
When it comes to Behavior Based Safety concepts, the leader or manager must exemplify setting aside personal agendas and adopt the altruism of putting the team first. That means looking for the big and little things that will make life easier and better for the boots on the ground. Taking care of the “big things” means that you, as a leader, have a big picture vision for how the pieces fit together. Working on “little things” means that you care about your team and that you’re not afraid to get a little dirty. The result? Improved morale, efficiency, espirit de corps, and willingness to serve rather than striving to promote.
You may be asking yourself, “who doesn’t want those results?” However, the hard line question that anyone in a leadership position must have an answer to is: “what am I willing to do to make it happen?”
Servant leadership means setting the standard for making others valuable and important because no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. While it may sound like a clever leadership saying, IT’S TRUE!
When a true servant leader is in charge and setting the bar for what leadership, “team of one,” and for being part of the solution, then space is created to add the other tools for Behavior Based Safety: communication, accountability, feedback, mentorship, and attitude and culture change.
Is the sacrifice worth it? Absolutely! VERGING DYNAMICS is here to serve and to help your team succeed. We believe that only with servant leadership and a “team of one” mentality, can a team truly care for each other because they know that a job is more than just money in the pocket. We believe in the importance of the “unseen” members of the team, the families and loved ones of the crew who rely on us getting each other home safely every day. If you want to take your team and your entire business to the next level, please give us a call today!