Why Winging It Doesn't Work
Your team is brilliant and you're a strong leader. But those aren't the only ingredients needed for success. Assuming your team will excel is a quick way to fail — so is leading by improvisation.
"But I'm a natural leader."
There's no such thing. And let me shatter another myth: leadership can be taught. Continuous mindfulness, self-assessment, and planning are essential. There's a science to leading high-performing teams, but a lot of people don't put it into practice. The cost of winging it is incredibly high.
"We're already rock stars."
Maybe so. But is that sustainable? Great teams get too comfortable, too excited, and too insular over time. They've had so many successes that they get less critical of their behaviors. Keeping up with — and implementing — research-based best practices helps you stay competitively sharp. You need to put gas in your tank. Excellence doesn't run on fumes.
— Paula Caproni
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