Leadership Strategies for Building a Team

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE

I am a voracious reader and currently enjoying a slim book entitled, The Wisdom of Walk-Ons, 7 Winning Strategies for College, Business and Life. As a Division I, walk-on athlete myself (gymnast at Indiana University), I was intrigued by the title, having met the author at a local bookstore. Using three examples from the world of college football, Paul L. Coronoa, MBA, EdD shares personal stories and draws together the themes that emerge. He also integrates expert advice, which points to further exploration on the topic of leadership. As I read the book, I realized that these strategies could apply to building and developing a team–whether it is on a cleft and craniofacial team or the ACPA National Office:

  1. Leverage Your Strengths
  2. Set Stretch Goals
  3. Work Hard
  4. Stay Balanced
  5. Be Healthy
  6. Appreciate Your Supporters
  7. Help Others Succeed

It’s a competitive hiring environment. Hiring and retaining people that are passionate about what we do, whether at ACPA or your own institution, team, university or workplace setting, is critical to success. These seven themes can serve as a framework for creating a culture that celebrates team members’ contributions, achieves goals and has fun while doing it. I am always looking for good titles on leadership. If you have a favorite, please share it with us!