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Real People… Real Team Leaders

In a dynamic support group, ideally, there is not just one leader. Different people lead during different parts of the process. Fluid leadership is a system in which people figure out what they are good at, and that shapes their roles within the team. In a sense, the team itself becomes the leader. This may seem a bit confusing, initially, yet there is something profoundly truthful about it.

Former NFL football coach Marty Schottenheimer offers this insight into what it means for “the team” to be the leader of the team: “The most successful teams that I have been around were those where the players drove the machine. I am not talking about during the game. I am talking about in the locker room, in the meeting room, and on the practice field. Certain conditions were set. And they weren’t set by the coaches as much as they were by the players themselves. There was a level of expectation in terms of preparation, effort and so forth. If certain players fell short, the other guys were quick to say, “Get with it.”



As a chapter, let’s take some time to talk with each other and consider the value of team leadership. If we create an environment in which each member is free to take initiative and demonstrate leadership, the job as a leader becomes much easier. We can

  • coach one another
  • motivate one another
  • hold each other accountable for the goals we set
    • personally and
    • as a group
  • celebrate and praise every victory together and
  • bond into a powerful entity called a team!

Who will lead your chapter on an exciting journey this week? Let’s discover the best within and around us.

I Care, Barb

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