One From Many?

On a recent trip to Washington DC, I was reminded of our country's motto, "E Pluribus Unum," which means, "out of many, one."  Originally it meant that out of many states (or colonies) emerges a single nation. In recent years its meaning has shifted to out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries form a single people and nation.

The strength of any team centers around celebrating and embracing diversity.  Real leaders recognize the many gifts and talents people bring and place them in jobs that accentuate those inherent abilities.  Real leaders also listen to and consider the multitude of divergent thoughts and ideas brought to the table from people of different perspectives.  Like an alchemist, real leaders blend the unique contributions of each individual to achieve “golden” level of thinking and creativity.

In essence, real leadership creates "oneness" of thought and spirit.  Through involvement and participation, everyone feels a sense of alignment and ownership.  Through open and honest dialogue, synergy evolves and performance manifests at a higher level.  With synergy, "one plus one equals three."

If leadership fails to create unity, as Abraham Lincoln plainly warned, "United we stand, divided we fall."  Further quoting Lincoln, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."  The same holds true with your organization.

Shouldn't "E Pluribus Unum," "out of many one," be your motto too?