A mistake made by some leaders is to assume that their team is totally aligned and acting together when in actuality they are merely acquiescing. Achieving true alignment and unity is a journey that starts with acceptance and moves through agreement before finally achieving alignment.
Acceptance: Often, a leader’s position of authority is assumed by the very nature of his position in the hierarchy. Subordinates will naturally acquiesce to the leader. Even though they may not agree with the leader they accept his authority because they cannot afford to object.
Agreement: Winning the minds of your team will lead them to a general level of agreement with you. They will tend to agree with your direction and give support to it. However, since you have only won over their minds and not their hearts, they may not be personally committed to making it happen. By reaching a level of agreement you have removed resistance but have not inspired your team to achieve.
Alignment: By achieving an alignment, your team are with you. They are aligned to your common vision and values and are fully committed to delivering on that vision. The team acts as one, supporting you and each other. They are public in their support and private when sharing concerns.
Is your team truly aligned with your common vision and values?
Do they act as one in support of you and each other?