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The following excerpt is from “The Power of Teamwork: Inspired by the Blue Angels” by Scott Beare and Michael McMillan

Successful teamwork starts at the top with qualified leaders who provide strategic vision, and establish team goals and priorities. Team leaders don’t micromanage-they empower and inspire individuals to accomplish the stated objectives. Successful leaders embrace the power of teamwork by tapping into the innate strengths each person brings to the table. An effective leader “walks the talk” and sets the standard.

Within the Blue Angels, the Commanding Officer is affectionately referred to as “Boss.” He not only leads the team from the ground, Boss also flies the lead jet at every event. His role is so vital, should he be unable to fly a demonstration, the show is cancelled.

Regardless of title, the role of a leader carries great honor and responsibility. Someone unable or unwilling to make decisions, accept responsibility for the team, or who hides behind a desk and makes excuses, is unqualified to lead. Before an officer can be considered to lead the Blue Angels, he or she must demonstrate an exemplary history of leadership, exceed 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours, and be experienced in commanding a tactical jet squadron.

Leaders must understand group dynamics, remain open-minded, and always be aware of the team’s pulse. Ultimately, leaders must take full responsibility for keeping the team focused and for accomplishing the team’s stated objectives.

Do these qualities reflect your team’s leadership? What role does leadership play on your team? Do your leaders “walk the talk”?

Effective leaders are upfront and lead by positive example.

Successful leaders embrace the power of teamwork by tapping into the innate strengths each person brings to the table.

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