Winning as a team requires conscious efforts. No team leader can achieve victory by just relying on its natural course of action. Victorious teams must have a solid, long-lasting commitment to each other, as well as to their goal. This allegiance would motivate them to press on despite setbacks and make necessary sacrifices to succeed.
Allegiance to a Shared Cause
Dedication to a mutual cause results from a chain of steps. Only after the accomplishment of the last stage can someone completely believe in a leader’s vision. These are the steps:
Numerous leaders wrongly suppose their teammates have keyed into their vision because they comprehend and agree with the idea. However, being persuaded is not being invested in a cause. Being convinced about an idea is just the first step.
People are more invested in visions to which they give their money or time. However, people could give their resources to support a vision and still not be fully committed to the project.
When individuals feel like owners, they also feel accountable for the outcome of the idea and are devoted to it. These people have given their all and have a claim in the success or failure of the venture. They are emotionally linked to the concept. Yet, at this point, people may still not be fully devoted to the vision.
If a person keeps talking about a vision, such a person is finally completely committed to the cause. It is easy to notice the enthusiasm. The zeal burns bright and lasts long. Then, the vision has become a substantial aspect of his life. He tells people about the vision because he has faith in it.
Before a leader can conclude that his teammates believe in and are working towards making his vision a reality, these four stages have to be taken by the individuals in the team.