There have been so many articles recently on how to be a successful leader and how to make the most out of your team. But have you ever thought about the structure of your team and the roles they play in it? Is there a structure to a successful team? A structural DNA to the perfect team?
As you have seen from our previous articles of the “Ant theory” and how that principle creates great workers. I recently found out an important fact that ants don’t sleep they are constantly working hard. Although I like the principle of working hard, I do love my sleep and think sleep is important. But i have found it very interesting looking at my team and looking at there DNA Leadership team structure.I find it very interesting how certain people fit in certain groups and it has given me great insight.
Facts on DNA
So if you unwrap your Leadership DNA in your team and spread it out look at what you have? Does it work? What do you find?
The DNA of your leadership team
Take a look at the leadership team of your company or a company you work with. Can you identify where each person falls in the leadership DNA?
D: A Dreamer — usually the founder or CEO, this is someone with a vision and the passion to make it happen, someone who can inspire others and take them with him/her. Quite often, the dreamer is not as good at details, numbers, processes, finance, etc., but rather a “big picture” person and an extrovert who knows how to inspire others.
N: A Number Cruncher — Usually the CFO or the VP of Finance, this is someone who loves numbers and can keep an eye on the money, maybe even a trained accountant. These people tend to be introverts and usually are not natural leaders. Sometimes they have trouble communicating well or inspiring others, because their gift is in the analytics, not the emotions. Nevertheless, they are a vital component for any successful business.
A: An Accomplisher — Usually the Chief Operating Officer, this is someone who can be a strong taskmaster, making sure projects get delivered, and that key systems and processes get implemented. This person needs to be a strong finisher of tasks, making sure things happen. This person can also make difficult personnel decisions and restructure the business in a way that is right. They may also be good at sales, as they are often optimistic, competitive, and high-energy.
Balancing the team for success
Together, this trio is a business dream team. Businesses who have too much of one personality type and too little of another can falter. A business without a Number Cruncher won’t have the financial knowledge or wherewithal to make important decisions. A business without an Accomplisher might have personnel or productivity problems. And no company can truly reach the highest pinnacles of success without a vision and a Dreamer to keep the company on track.
It is my experience that you usually don’t find all of these characteristics in a single person. Occasionally a person might be strong in two areas, and I can only ever recall one (exceptional) CEO that had strengths across all three areas.
But what you’re not a large enough company to have this kind of leadership team? Even if you’re in a very small business or are a solo-entrepreneur, you can still seek to balance these characteristics. For example, if you are more of a Dreamer, you might be sure to find an accountant experienced enough to help you make business decisions based on your finances, or hire a project manager or sales manager with the ability to get things done.
For me, this has become a powerful way of assessing the potential success of a leadership team. When the three personality types come together with mutual respect, they can accomplish much more than any one or two could on their own.
Do you have this balance in your company? If you own a smaller business, how do you balance your own personality type against the other two?
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