The Big Picture Law

— the goal is more important than the role.

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals for the good of the team. — Bud Wilkinson

Leaders who build successful teams never forget that every person on the team has a role to play, and every role plays its part in contributing to the big picture. Without that occurring, team goals will not be accomplished.

How does a team begin to unite around a big picture? It takes applied effort and a consistent process. Everything starts with vision. What’s the goal? A team without a goal may end up anywhere and usually nowhere. Leaders take the role of capturing and communicating vision. Don’t shrink from the challenge; size up the situation. Savor the opportunity to unite the team and accomplish the vision.

It’s okay to aim high as long as the needed resources can line up. We need support in order to make progress. Part of that mission is the right people in the right roles which are the greatest assets in achieving the big picture.

It’s very important that everyone give up their personal agendas to accomplish the team goal. This helps the whole team to step up to a higher level. Basically, check our egos at the door. It isn’t about us individually. It’s about the big picture.


The Law of the Niche

Content Reference:

John C. Maxwell, “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”

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