To reach any level of high-performance or to build a high reliability organization requires teamwork.
Success requires leadership that sets a clear vision and defines what success looks like. While high performance requires teammates who push you beyond what you thought was possible. Teammates who strive for excellence together,
sharing both successes and mistakes.
Teammates are not afraid to do the work.
World class teamwork, communication, collaboration, trust and shared learning are critical components of a high performing team. We never reach the top alone, and teamwork has a dramatic effect on our results and performance.
Additionally, successful teamwork requires that we realize we are all interconnected, and dependent on our teammates judgements and performance. Teamwork begins to happen when you realize you can’t go it alone, that in order to achieve your goals, whether personal or professional, you’ll need the support of great teammates.
Whose Job Is it?
Well, that would be you. It is your job.
No matter what our roles are in life, we all engage in leadership and teamwork every day.
And though it may be tempting to think teamwork will magically happen on its own, know how and why you do what you do.
And then be willing to grind it out. Align your words and actions.
Be bold, be fearless, be accountable, do the work. Be a good teammate.
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Carey Lohrenz is the author of the Wall Street Journal Best Seller “Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck.”, a motivational speaker and leadership expert.
Carey has flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot. Her extensive experience operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments, an aircraft carrier, and her unique position as one of the first female combat pilots make her the perfect opening or closing inspirational keynote speaker for your corporate meeting or conference.
Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the Pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is the mom of four kids, one yellow lab, and is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.