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Fulfill your individual dreams within a team

“A community where you are allowed to be yourself.”

I recently heard these words from the Danish actor, Ken Vedsegaard, when describing the cultural environment behind Vesterbro Ungdomsgaard; an established Danish youth club mainly known for theater and music performed by young people. Ken described how this culture helped him as a young teenager to identify his future role in life and be on the path to becoming the well-established actor he is today.

My dream for all teams and organizations is to cultivate a similar culture that gives freedom to individuality.

I often listen to managers wonder why their employees do not meet their obligations, even though the manager keeps telling the employee which obligations to fulfill. I believe these managers need to rethink their approach to team leadership. Instead of forcing an employee into an already fully described role, it would be more fruitful to align the role to what the employee naturally loves doing and does well.

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