The Leadership Edge

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Years ago, in John Maxwell’s 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, I (Cindy) discovered how living the Laws of Teamwork creates a leadership edge for you and your team. 

The Law of the Edge says, The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership.

In a recent lesson I created, we discussed how laws of teamwork give you a leadership edge. Including, promoting the significance of every member on the team and ensuring leaders consistently see the big picture, and bridge the gaps that can keep you from becoming high-performing teams.

In a series of upcoming blogs, I’ll be sharing 3 specific laws of teamwork (below) with experiences and examples of how these show up when you’re working with people.

The Law of Significance says, One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

The Law of the Big Picture says, The goal is more important than the role.

The Law of the Edge says, The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership.

We have examples all around us and examples in history of great things being achieved through teamwork. A fascinating example of this stood out in a movie we watched recently, Ford v Ferrari.

The true story behind the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari is one of team success. Ferrari traditionally makes a finely tuned, handmade, elite machine, while Ford is famous for pioneering the assembly line. In 1963, Ford attempted to purchase Ferrari, which sparked an unofficial battle between the brands.

Ford executives built a team of designers, drivers, and other experts to design a racing vehicle that would humiliate Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a renowned international race. Racing legend Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and test driver Ken Miles, collaborated with existing specialist teams within Ford to build a car to beat Ferrari.

By 1966, three Ford vehicles finished Le Mans in first, second, and third place. Without teamwork and building specialized, high-performing teams, Ford would not have been able to innovate and produce a car to beat Ferrari. 

While this is based on a true story, the movie was also great in my opinion!

Where do you need more teamwork to increase the performance of your team?