When you’re part of a team, you need people who have different characteristics. If the group is geared purely towards achieving goals and not on building relationships, some people may fall by the wayside because they don’t feel cared for. Or you might develop an ends-justifies-the-means mentality that doesn’t always create a positive team culture.
Everyone has a different personality, so you need to understand one another’s weaknesses – and their superpowers. If someone is really strong in relationships, they might be the hero who organises social functions and makes people feel cared for and included. If someone is stronger in working towards a goal, they might be the hero who helps everyone push boundaries on the training track.
As a leader, it’s your job to find out what people’s superpowers are. Then you have to hold them to account, to make sure they’re reaching their potential. You’re still creating a high-accountability environment – it’s just one in which people’s roles are suited to their personalities.