Victor’s 10 Reflections on Leadership - 10 Your team needs you to be their champion

Steve Rosvold 00:05

Welcome to CFO talk. I’m your host, Steve Rosvold, Chief Learning Officer at CFO.University. Joining us from Wichita, Kansas today is Victor Ojeleye. In your tenth observation about leadership you mention the leaders need to champion your team. What happens when they don’t have a champion?

Victor Ojeleye 00:26

Yeah, it’s a, it’s a great question, I think, champion to me is, you know, an advocate, whether you’re helping to prioritize their time, defend their capabilities, and really, create boundaries almost around your team. This is what we do, this is our skill set, and really championing them for who they are. But when you don’t have that, I think that’s where the work that you’ve done to help your team know how to be their own advocate, has to has to turn on. It has to be there.

Whether it’s breaking down boundaries, hey, I’m stuck, you know, I need someone to help elevate, you know, this work, or you need someone to partner with on those types of things. The way that you’ve rubbed off on your team becomes an active part of how they operate when you’re not there. My mentors have been champions for me, whether in work or other spaces, and the things that they told me have come to mind when I’ve run out of ideas. And it’s tough when you don’t have someone to champion for you, whether you’re looking for a new job, or whether you’re working on a project or you need you need resources, or someone to help you on something. Or you just need someone to say can we get a little bit of that individual’s time and then you get that buy in? So, it’s a little bit of, you know, those tactics you’re using to influence and you just hope that the work you’ve done helps people know how to do it best themselves.

You’ve got to champion when you are given the opportunity. So I’m working on that. And again, I’ll go back to the sports. When I’m championing my team and I’m cheering them on, it’s a lot different than a coach that maybe takes a different approach and might be negative or calling out mistakes. Positive energy oftentimes supersede the negative energy and allows you to look past small mistakes and keep moving forward.

Steve Rosvold 02:46

That’s a great, great response, Victor. Thank you.

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