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What Makes Great Teams

March 19, 2019 - By Bill McDermott, CEO of business software company SAP.

COMMENT BY WENDY LAMBOURNE, LEGITIMATE LEADERSHIP, ON THIS VIDEO

One of the most attractive qualities in a leader is humility. By that is meant ‘not that they think less of themselves but that they think of themselves less often’ – that they accord significance to those who report to them rather than themselves. This is equally true of all members of a team. Teams succeed to the degree to which individuals in the team concern themselves with helping others to shine rather than being the ones to shine.

OUR TRANSCRIPT OF THIS VIDEO: I get reminded of the power of the group every day. And every day there’s some type a knock-back where you learn something new and you’re humbled by all the things that you don’t know.

My secret on this is I do the things I do well often and I don’t do the things I don’t do so well at all.

I hire the best people I can find. If they’re not better than me at every job type then I have not served myself well as a leader of consequence and if I’m not slightly embarrassed by all the things they know that I don’t know, I’m not the right leader for that group.

So I think that’s the key to this humility: to have the self-confidence and the appreciation for human capital and celebrate talent, love talent. And let that talent be free.

And every day I learn something new from somebody that knows so much more than me. And that’s what makes great teams.

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