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022: Team Unity: How to build cohesive teams with Eileen McCay, Jim Lajeunesse, and Matt McDonald

Building cohesive teams is not something that happens overnight. There is no magic bullet. It takes time, effort, and the laying of a solid foundation built on trust and many other leadership principles. To discuss this topic, I’ve hand-picked a panel of leaders with a demonstrated track record of building cohesive teams. Joining me from the healthcare industry are leaders Eileen McCay, Jim Lajeunesse, and Matt McDonald.

Key Takeaways:

  • Firstly, build mutual respect and trust within the team
  • Hire a very diverse team; people who think differently from you and each other
  • Be a leader who genuinely cares but also brings tough love when needed
  • Demonstrate vulnerability by admitting mistakes. This will foster an environment of trust
  • Set clear expectations, at the individual and team level, on how to approach each other as a team
  • Set high standards for your team
  • Part of the having great team unity involves team members who engage in healthy conflict with each other
  • There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes at the individual level that builds to the greater collective
  • Identify and leverage your people’s strengths
  • If there’s a problem on the team, there is an expectation that you, as the leader, will fix it. And fix it soon!

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About the author, Rob

Rob Fonte is the founder and President of Sarto Leadership Group, whose reputation has been built on being a transformational leader and inspirational coach with a passion for developing others. His twenty-year career spans across multiple disciplines including leading award-winning sales teams. Rob is an academically trained Executive Coach certified by The University of Texas and the International Coach Federation.

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