Three Ways To Get Leaders To Work Together


The most effective leader work together. They don’t particularly care who receives the credit as long as the mission is achieved. Hence, with unbearable demands on them they heed the advice laced upon their subordinates. Together we accomplish more. 

1. Prepare

If you are blessed with advance time, give attendees plenty of information to ready them for the discussion. Use subject matter experts to help frame the conversation in writing, preferably days in advance. Send the attendees a bulleted e-mail with key points and objectives so you don’t waste valuable meeting time while preparing them for discussion. Read More

2. Manage Expectations

Make sure your attendees are absolutely clear and aligned on both the objectives and the deliverables. Strong leaders will likely have varied views of the level of depth and detail required in a solution or document. Your job is to make sure you are all working toward the same goal. You also have to make sure the deliverables can be completed within the available timeframe or you will take the blame. Take a little extra time initially to determine a clear and appropriate scope. Then constantly remind everyone in case they stray to their own standards. Read More

3. Keep Everyone Equal

In a free discussion, some people will dominate and others will hang back, letting others talk. Your job is to bring everyone’s ideas to the forefront so all can be heard. When soliciting input, start by having everyone take a few minutes to jot down specific ideas on paper. Give them tight structure, such as asking for only two or three responses. If there is time, each person can read his or her notes.


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