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3 Hard Truths About Leadership Team Dynamics

Leaders who are responsible for keeping a team moving smoothly don't always get along themselves

Source | | Curt Cronin

Great companies maintain an image of unity and strength, even when the executive team doesn’t always see eye to eye. That’s easier said than done, though.

Executives and leaders, at the end of the day, are still just people — people who make a lot of important decisions, of course, but who also often have wildly different ideas of what defines and drives success. Founders who want to keep their companies on the right track need to understand what drives the individuals who make up their executive team and, despite varying perspectives and opinions, determine how best to keep them all in the boat and rowing in the same direction.

Use these methods to keep managers, executives and key stakeholders pulling in the same direction:

1. Get to know one another.

Jeffrey Hall, a researcher from the University of Kansas, published a study in 2018 about how many hours it takes to make a friend. According to Hall, people become casual friends after around 50 hours of interaction. Close friendship starts at around 200 hours. To be clear, time spent brainstorming and arguing at conference tables doesn’t count in the pursuit of closer relationships.

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