In conversation with Jamil Qureshi, I asked him about leading and performing under pressure when you’ve got a fragmented team.
I want to talk about Theresa May with you today Jamil. I know you’ll find that quite strange that I want to talk politics, but actually I don’t want to talk politics. I want to talk about leadership, and particularly, leading and performing under pressure when you’ve got a fragmented team.
It’s a tricky one isn’t it as a leader, and you have a team, which perhaps may have opposing views or conflicting views, not just with themselves, but maybe with you as the leader too. I think the best thing to do is to try and establish a common purpose. I think that we as a team, should be heading somewhere. Once we start to keep front of mind what we are trying to achieve together, doesn’t say matter so much with regard to the difference of opinions and views, it’s how you use them to progress the position and situation towards the common goal.
So, I think that there are two things. I think it’s probably better when you have got a fragmented team to pull them around a purpose, to make sure that people are energised and inspired in regard to what we can create together. It’s not about what we’re seeking to do as individuals, but more what we’re seeking to create as a team. I think let’s get some understanding of where the pressure points are. I think sometimes we ignore conflict at our peril it tends to escalate, it tends to be like putty, you squeeze it in one area, it will simply come out in another.
I think that we need to understand where this conflict comes from, where it’s arising from, and try and have some honest conversations in regard to how we can work better together to achieve the common goal and common purpose. I find that in the best teams that purpose is never really achieved, it’s attained on a daily basis. So, when I talk about purpose, it may not necessarily be about end goal or end destination, it might just be about how we can work better together on a daily basis, how we can come together in a way which maximises the opportunity, and that’s given to us by being a collective.
Once we start to work together and understand that we are better together, then we may seek harder and be more proactive in regard to finding that common ground, which allows things to work easier.
That’s really excellent. Thank you very much Jamil.