John Maxwell has said for years, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” The longer I’m in leadership, the more I realize how true this is. Failure can be accomplished on your own, but true biblical success is always accomplished through a good functioning team. Dan Rockwell shares some excellent thoughts about being smarter together. Good and helpful!

Originally published by Dan Rockwell

“No One of Us Is as Smart as All of Us” is a simple truth of leadership that is common sense—why isn’t it common practice?


Some leaders think all the brains are in their office.

Self-serving leaders spend lots of time trying to prove they are in charge. They think it’s their job to look over everyone’s shoulder and check that things are being done ‘correctly’. Sadly, these leaders miss the reality that people are capable of much more than they are given credit for.

Trustworthy servant leaders let people bring their brains to work.

These leaders see team members as partners, not subordinates. They understand leadership is about working side-by-side with people, freely communicating and sharing information.

How can you encourage and strengthen high-performing teams?

Smarter together:

#1. Face the facts.

The people around you already know you don’t know everything.

People don’t buy it when you act like you have all the answers. They know you don’t. There’s no shame in admitting you aren’t perfect. In fact, it will demonstrate vulnerability and help you earn their trust.

#2. Ask for help.

When you have a problem to solve, let your people know you need their suggestions. Involving people in decision-making is smart—and the best way to respect people’s experience and insight.

#3. Respect contribution

Worried that some team members are thinking of joining the “Great Resignation”? Acknowledge their hard work and explain why their role in the company is important.

When people feel valued, they think less about jumping ship.

You know how much you need everyone on your team. So tell them. Treat them as partners. Let them know you value their strengths and their input. You’ll quickly realize it’s the best way to lead.

How might leaders treat people like partners?