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Dr. Foster Mobley // Business, Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Leading others powerfully isn't a solo sport. I know. There's a lot of hyperbole (e.g., exaggeration) attached to leadership conversations that state otherwise. In fact, there's about a half century devoted to extoling the "great man" myth; that is, that leadership is a heroic endeavor successfully journeyed by only the strong, intelligent, confident, handsome. The reality is that in today's complex world, few accomplishments are made outside a collective effort. Even Michelangelo, commonly credited with being the solo genius behind the painting of the Sistine Chapel, employed a team of 300 talented artists to create virtually every image seen today. It seems only natural then that the focus for future Weekly Wisdoms, while still emphasizing thoughts of mindfulness, presence, wisdom and life, expand to include considerations of collective efforts - of teams and groups. After all, a leadership team is often a team of leaders, rife with egos and power and strong opinions. How does that work best? My partner, Matt Brubaker, and I are writing a new book that I believe will transform how organizations perceive team performance and their growth dynamics. In the coming weeks, we'll share some of our most provocative ideas. Even Michelangelo needed to engage a collective effort. How does your personal "genius" impact your ability to team with others?

Leading others powerfully isn't a solo sport.

I know. There's a lot of hyperbole (e.g., exaggeration) attached to leadership conversations that state otherwise. In fact, there's about a half century devoted to extoling the "great man" myth; that is, that leadership is a heroic endeavor successfully journeyed by only the strong, intelligent, confident, handsome.

The reality is that in today's complex world, few accomplishments are made outside a collective effort. Even Michelangelo, commonly credited with being the solo genius behind the painting of the Sistine Chapel, employed a team of 300 talented artists to create virtually every image seen today.

It seems only natural then that the focus for future Weekly Wisdoms, while still emphasizing thoughts of mindfulness, presence, wisdom and life, expand to include considerations of collective efforts - of teams and groups. After all, a leadership team is often a team of leaders, rife with egos and power and strong opinions. How does that work best?

My partner, Matt Brubaker, and I are writing a new book that I believe will transform how organizations perceive team performance and their growth dynamics. In the coming weeks, we'll share some of our most provocative ideas.

Even Michelangelo needed to engage a collective effort. How does your personal "genius" impact your ability to team with others?

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Dr. Foster Mobley

Trusted advisor and coach to admired executives globally for 3 decades, Thought leader on wisdom-based approaches to breakthrough leading, "Lead Coach" for Deloitte's experienced and high potential leader development, Team performance advisor to two NCAA championship teams