We’ve had lessons from climbers, cyclists and explorers before, but what about a cyclist who’s toured Borneo on two wheels, scaled the Himalayas, hiked through lava fields in Fiji and a Guinness of the Records for kayaking was the longest distance in the roughest waters? If this person who is called Robyn Benincasawho hasn’t managed all these feats on her own yet, wants to talk about leadership and team management, she’s going to have to say something, don’t you think? She does it in her book What is winning? (How does winning work?HarperCollins).

1. Obligation. Does your engagement grow out of the stages where you start planning, or do you get bored after all the preparation phase?

2. Empathy. Is your team as important to you as yourself?

3. Adversity Management. Are you aware that something is bound to go wrong? How do you usually act when something goes wrong?

4. Respect. Do you acknowledge each member of your team for their contribution to the project, praise their virtues and minimize the things that make you less fun?

5. Collective Thinking. What gets a team to the goal isn’t what the leader thinks, it’s that they think together about how best to achieve the goal. And if your idea isn’t the best, then it’s not the best.

6. Collective Property. If you win, everyone wins. The whole team needs to feel like they are working toward a common goal, not your goal.

7. Give up the ego. Everyone who is part of a team has positive and negative characteristics in some area. How you deal with the strengths and weaknesses of your team also defines you as a manager.

8. Kinetic Guidance. Each member of the team needs to know that they can stop fulfilling their role to gain agility, or switch roles to improve results.

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