Stephen R Covey was recognised, amongst other things, as an author, speaker, and management expert.  Most notably, he is known for the book, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’.

One of Mr Covey’s quotes states,

‘Responsible people do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behaviour.  Their behaviour is a product of their own conscious choice.’

This quote relates to our choice to be proactive and put into practice different ways of handling the situations which arise in our life, in all areas.  This is our choice to be ‘above the line’.

When we are part of a Team, every Team Member’s choice regarding how they will behave has an effect on the team, positive or negative.

To know whether our effect is positive or negative, we need to understand the inner working of our behaviours and the effect our behaviour has on our fellow Team Members.  This may be uncomfortable for some and a choice is required to recognise our impact and change what needs to be changed.

The reality is we all have strengths we bring to our Team together with the best way we can contribute to our Team.  We all have leadership qualities of some type and we bring capability and talent to our Team which is unique to us.  We also bring our weaknesses and behaviours which may make it hard for others to work with us.

The key to this is to make a choice to understand and focus on our strengths and work on our areas for improvement.  It is also key Team Members understand each other and why they behave the way they do.  When Team Members are working to their strengths the Team will hum.  Appreciation of the unique qualities of each Team Member brings rapport, understanding and effective relationships.  This means less conflict and stress, increased collaboration and improved performance.

Successful businesses are built on successful relationships.  What choice will you make to ensure your relationships are successful and impact positively on those you interact with?

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