Why Should Your Leadership be a Partnership?

handshakeWhen it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colors in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.” — Ben Harper

They say that, “variety is the spice of life.” I believe that this is particularly true in leadership. One opinion; one way of doing things; decisions based on the experience of one person, these can all spell disaster for your leadership. So, here are some of the reasons that your leadership should be a partnership.

You don’t know it all

I don’t care how educated you are or how long you’ve been in the business; you don’t know it all! Thinking you know it all will eventually lead to your downfall. But, when you view your leadership as a partnership you can benefit from the experience and knowledge of employees, suppliers, and even clients.

You can’t do it all

I don’t care how efficient you are or how well you think you can multitask; you can’t do it all! When you try to do it all, you eventually become the single point of failure. But, when you partner with others you create a team of qualified individuals who you can depend on to get the job done.

Co-creation is superior

There have been very few times where the ideas, products, and innovation of a single individual have been better than those developed by a team of individuals working together. Since you can’t know everything, and you can’t do everything, it follows logically that you can’t create everything by yourself either. You may have some great ideas, but so might your colleagues. So, why not partner and co-create something superior?

Respect and trust

When you partner with your employees, customers, and suppliers, you show that you respect and trust them. And, guess what? You will never gain their respect and trust until you give it first. When you partner with others you send the message that you value their knowledge and experience and that you see them as your equals. This is the behavior that builds the respectful, trusting relationships that allow you to succeed as a leader.

Develop Partnerships

I can say with a fair amount of confidence that you will never succeed alone. It takes the support of a group of people to accomplish anything worth accomplishing. Yes, you could treat your people as employees, dictating the work to be done but, true success comes from developing partnerships. You see, partnerships are mutually beneficial, not one sided; everyone wins. So, stop leading and start partnering.

© 2016 Elizabeth Stincelli

Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations engage employees and improve organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.

Learn more about Liz by visiting her website, stincelliadvisors.com and connect with her on Twitter @infinitestin, Google+, and LinkedIn. You can contact her by email at stincelliadvisors@gmail.com.


Author: lizstincelli

I am Liz Stincelli and I am passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. I am the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where I specialize in helping management teams learn new ways of looking at problems and finding new approaches to discovering solutions. I hold a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. I offer 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. I serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Westminster College. You can learn more about me by reading my blog here at: www.stincelliadvisors.com or www.engagenow.me. Connect with me on Twitter @infinitestin, google.com/+ElizabethStincelli on Google+, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizstincelli on LinkedIn. You can contact me by email at stincelliadvisors@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “Why Should Your Leadership be a Partnership?”

  1. Liz,

    I have yet to meet a purposeful leader who thinks flying solo is a great idea. Interestingly, some small family businesses who typically have strong patriarchs in control believe they know just about everything concerning their businessses and are not amenable to change.

    I just blogged about “Why Ethical Cultures Create Employee Engagement.” Organizations that build values based cultures hire very smart and accountable people. The leaders of these entities, few in numbers, build small and fast moving teams. They are respected for who they are, what they think, and how they contribute collectively to organizational goals.

    Positive cultures are easy to spot and employees want to contribute. Building winning teams can never be about “Me” but always about “Us.” I would remind any human declaring himself/herself a leader that any success they have achieved must be attributable to the efforts of others who willingly helped along the way.

    The late great coach, Vince Lombardi, said “Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

    Thank you for adopting this philosophy!!

    1. Mark, I love that Vince Lombardi quote. It wasn’t just a philosophy to him; he lived it and taught it. I absolutely agree with you when you say, “”Building winning teams can never be about “Me” but always about “Us.” I would remind any human declaring himself/herself a leader that any success they have achieved must be attributable to the efforts of others who willingly helped along the way.” Sadly, I have met more than a few leaders in my day who are more than happy to climb to the top on the backs of their team-mates and then take all the credit when they get there. Thank you for helping spread the word and educate leaders who want to know and do better.

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