“Ted, your team is functioning exactly as it was designed to function,” I started.
“What do you mean? You make it sound like it’s my fault,” he defended.
“Exactly, as the manager, the team you have is the team you deserve.”
I could tell Ted was getting agitated. It is easy to look at someone else to blame. It is tough when the responsibility is ours.
“The team you have is the team you deserve,” I repeated. “As time goes by, you will find that your team will be no better than you are. The speed of the pack is the speed of the leader.
“If you find that your team is not what you want it to be, if you find that you are not able to bring out the best in that team, to bring them to higher levels of performance, then, as the manager, you are not the leader who deserves better. At least not yet.”
Ted was quiet.
After a minute, I broke the silence. “So, what do you think we need to work on? Where should we start?”
Ted took a breath. “I guess we have to start with me.”