Managing Your Team and Leading by Example

As an Advocate, your passion for — and dedication to — your cause is unparalleled. As the leader of a team, it’s critical to channel this in ways that foster your team’s spirit, supplement their endurance, and reinforce their loyalty. Keeping the below in mind will ensure you to do all three.

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Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid maintains that you must have your physiological bases covered before you can focus on righting the wrongs of society and/or the planet. If a team member has lost their drive, check in to see if other elements, such as financial instability or emotional distress, are in play.

Few things are as enjoyable for you as a getting into the nitty-gritty of situations and dilemmas. If your team is taken aback by this, you’ll get more information if you begin with a question rather than a confrontation. So instead of “I noticed there are problems with X project…” you might begin this way: “Can you tell me how things are going with X project?”

Given your passionate nature, you are easily stirred by the interests and abilities of others. And while it’s great to solicit outside opinions and competencies, it should not be done at the expense of the team you have at hand. Defer to — and plumb — the knowledge and aptitude of your current crew before bringing in outside experts.