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Do you have Team Embers? Part 5 of 5

This is the fifth and final installment of a weeklong exploration between the leader and the team members.  Your insights are welcome.

This week I’ve discussed why the leader must lead, the relationship between the leader and the team, the burden of leadership and the importance of inspiring your team.  With those four concepts combined you have the outline on which leadership and will grow and team members can flourish.

You need your Team Embers

I’ve thought a lot about how these concepts are essential to an organization and what comes to mind is the illustration of a fire.  You start with a lot of effort, coupled the right tools, one can start a fire.  Flint, iron infused stone, oxygen, tinder and wood are required.  Then more and more wood, maybe one might need a pit and then surround that pit with stones if needed.  You could make a pretty fancy fire pit if that was required.

What if the fire maker wanted to give that fire to others?  You could take some of the hot embers and transport them to another location.  From the embers of the original fire more and more fires could be made.  The subsequent fires would be easier to make because of the hot embers.

Your team members are the hot embers.  They take the spark that became the fire and glow red-hot with energy.  Your Team Embers spread your fire.  Without the Embers, you just have a lot of energy without anything significant.  Nurture them with ample resources and encouragement and watch that fire spread.

  1. ChrisT
    February 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Great analogy! It so perfectly demonstrates how the relationship between the effective leader and those he/she leads should be.

    There are probably an abundance of reasons that people choose to act as a leader. Many that claim to be such seem more interested in their own fame. (marketing their website, tagging their blog for optimum hits, promoting the next webinar, blah, blah, blah….) They’re so busy telling you what they know that they may not notice when you stop listening.

    You can spot the more authentic leaders a mile (or many) away. They are the ones that people will do anything for. The ones who are truly more interested in their “followers” success than their own.

    If not to spread the influence, raise the collective bar of those around you, improve the circumstance of the people/organization you lead, why should you be followed?

    Seems much wiser to plant the seed, nurture it just so, help clear the weeds and allow it to grow! The fruit will in turn feed many. (But, that’s just my opinion.)

    Great series this week, Matt. Really enjoyed it! – Chris

  2. February 4, 2011 at 9:57 am


    Making everyone better is a great goal. I take pride when former team members move on to another area where they will have more responsibility and influence in the organization. It’s sad to see them go, but also good to know that they have grown and are able to tackle bigger challenges.

    Thanks for comment. That was almost as long as the short blog post!


    • ChrisT
      February 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Sometimes I do go on. Sorry!

  3. February 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

    As you can see I like to respond to comments. I still owe you a book report too!


  4. facebook
    February 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    i love it

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