Clones may make a good army on Star Wars, but they don’t make for effective teams in real life. One of the most common mistakes that I see in inexperienced leaders is choosing team members based on personal affinity – they choose people that they personally like and/or relate to well. Here’s the deal – that’s a club, not a team…

Leaders, don’t duplicate yourself. Your team already has a “you.” Go after people with skill sets that compliment yours. Individuals that bring something to the table that you don’t. Different personality types. Different backgrounds. Different ages. You’re all working towards the same goal, and focused diversity is many times the best way to get there.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable…” – 1 Corinthians 12:21-22

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