Leadership requires managers to work together

Monday, February 24th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

The job of a project manager is a crucial one. You must be prepared not only to guide your teams to a successful completion of their projects, but also to inspire them to feel positive about their work. This can be a tall order, but luckily, managers do not always have to go it alone.

A recent article on the Harvard Business Review argues that community leadership is a valuable  asset to any team. 

"When facing great odds or forced to deal with unusual or trying circumstances, few of us are fortified enough to act alone, without counsel or support," the article reads.

The article then cites an example from history. During World War II, the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon played a major role in saving Jews who were trying to escape Nazi persecution. Soon after the occupation of France, the residents of the town, led by minister André Trocmé, banded together to hide more than 3,000 Jews from officials.

The moral, of course, is that while history is framed to emphasize the deeds of great men and women, many more important actions were performed by groups.

This is important lesson for the business world. Even now, we revere the work of well-known CEOs—think of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, or Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. And yet, far less attention is paid to those who helped such leaders achieve their greatest accomplishments. "Ships have captains, but they are only turned when the entire crew works in community to shift the ship's direction."

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