While I was in graduate school, I had the opportunity to teach High School Biology for a couple of years.
If you know anything at all about the human body, you know blood is a big deal. It is the fluid that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the systems of your body and transports waste products away from your cells.
What you may have forgotten is that every person’s blood is not the same. There are different blood “types,” and not all of those types are compatible. Some types, when encountering other types that are not a match, will trigger a defense mechanism in your body. That’s why you have to have compatible types of blood for a blood transfusion to be successful.
If you try to mix teammates who have opposing values you are asking for trouble. This cannot be emphasized enough. Leadership is a team sport. You can have a boat load of talent and still fail, solely based on a lack of unity.
That does not mean you need a team of clones. You don’t. But you do need everyone on your team to be like minded.
Take time over the next few weeks and evaluate your organization. If there are team members who are opposed to your “type” of leadership, make the wise choice and give them permission to move on to another opportunity.
Oil and water won’t mix any more than type A blood can donate to type B. Similarly, your organization depends on you being able to understand the implications of non-compatibility at the team level.
For leaders compatibility issues are HUGE. Those you work with need to “bleed” the same vision and values that you do. I hope you know your leadership type.
What are the consequences of teammates not being on the same page?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.