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School Leaders Must Build Teams To Succeed


G. Balasubramanian | Chairperson, Board of Advisors, ICSL | Editor-in-Chief, The Progressive School

Team building is a great art.

  • A leader understands the art of team building

  • He identifies the talents, puts them into use and turns them to his advantage

  • He delegates responsibilities and ensures accountability

  • He is a part of every team, yet works little with each team

  • He has the capacity to synergize the work

The leader ensures that all members of the team share the vision. Developing a shared vision is a difficult, but not an impossible task


Developing a shared vision helps in

  • Building ownership

  • Empowering people

  • Enabling commitment

  • Developing participation

  • Establishing rapports

Stephen Covey in his book “Living with 7 habits” observes:

Everyone has mission statements, but very few are written down. Fewer still are consciously developed. But everyone has mission statements in the form of deeply held values that guide their decisions.

Developing a shared vision helps in manifestation of those unconscious missions and nurturing those deeply held values. The value conviction of all the members helps in strengthening the foundations of the common mission of the team.


A peep into the history of leadership may reveal to you the truth in the following statement of Sonia Johnson:

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Are you a team builder? How have you contributed in developing a shared vision?

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