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Why you should embrace the differences in your leadership team

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Mortgage Professional America | 28 Jul 2014, 07:31 AM Agree 0
While differences can create problems, they can also create growth. It's actually a good idea to have people on your leadership team who openly and regularly disagree with one another
  • Stewart Liff | | 29 Jul 2014, 02:06 PM Agree 0

    We are the authors of A Team of Leaders, a book that explains how to build high performing teams of leaders where everyone steps up and provides leadership. We fully agree with your premise that diversity is a good thing within leadership teams, or for that matter, within any teams.

    Two points we’d like to make. First of all, high performing teams value the differences in expertise among their members. Less experienced members will learn from the more experienced members and thus grow more quickly. In addition, sometimes people who are less experienced will not have the mindset that, “that’s the way we’ve always done things,” and as such may be more likely to question the status quo.

    Secondly, team members tend to process things differently because they have different learning styles. For example, some may be more right-brain dominant, meaning they tend to be more expressive and creative, more intuitive and look at things more holistically. Other may be more left-brain dominant, resulting in their preferring data, being more logical and focusing on the bottom line. Teams that can leverage all of its members’ learning styles will definitely have an edge over more homogeneous teams.

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
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