Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Defining the veteran team leader.

Tony Gonzalez is one consummate example of the veteran team leader.

  1. He assumes the responsibility of role model & mentor for young players coming into the league
  2. Instead riding his tenure, he works even harder to ensure he remains relevant and necessary to his team
  3. Year after year, he delivers tangible, high ROI’s for his coach, manager & owner.
The dictionary defines veteran team leader as the following

  1. Veteran : A person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity.
  2. Team: A group of people with a full set of complementary skills to complete a task, job, or project.
  3. Leader: A person who rules, guides, or inspires others.
We should all have the experience of meeting a consummate veteran team leader through our experiences in sport, work or other

However, don’t be surprised to find a slightly different definition in more than less teams you play for.

  1. Entitled : To furnish with a right or claim to something.
  2. Individual : Existing as a distinct entity; separate.
  3. Minion : An obsequious follower or dependent
The challenge comes when the entitled, individual minion THINKS they are presenting or representing themselves as a veteran team leader. This sounds like;

  1. I’ve put in my time here. It’s your turn
  2. I don’t have to do that anymore, I’ve got tenure seniority
  3. Consistent reference to me  & my clients, my efforts, my wage, my rights, my value [insert something else selfish here].
Do we know someone like this in our day to day? Do we see the difference?

Aspire to be a veteran team leader and you’ll be considered with reverence rather than repulsion. Pass it on!

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