Modeling Sacrifice

If you lead a team, then you must convince your teammates to sacrifice for the good of the group. The more talented the team members, the more difficult it may be to convince them to put the team first. Begin by modeling sacrifice. Show the team that you are:

•Willing to make financial sacrifices for the team
•Willing to keep growing for the sake of the team
•Willing to empower others for the sake of the team
•Willing to make difficult decisions for the sake of the team

Once you have modeled the willingness to pay a price for the potential of the team, you have the credibility to ask others to do the same. Then when you recognize sacrifices that teammates must make for the team, show them why and how to do it. Then praise their sacrifices to their teammates.

—The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – John Maxwell

WHAT SACRIFICE WILL YOU MAKE TODAY FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR TEAM?

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