Build a Diverse Team
Building and managing teams that deliver results is the foundation of conservation success. Just as no one organization can do it alone, no single person can do it all. Navigating local intricacies and truly understanding local needs can take many years. Hiring respected local staff and listening to their guidance can accelerate this learning curve and establish credibility more quickly.
Strong teams include people with varying knowledge, expertise, skill sets, networks, and styles. They also include people with different backgrounds, upbringing, and experiences, as this diversity of perspectives will help the team create more robust strategies and handle tough times. A diverse team will also be more effective in engaging the diverse group of partners, including community leaders, landowners, businesses, funders, and government agencies, essential to lasting success. The challenge for many new managers is to have confidence that the team will do the right thing, to publicly give them credit for their successes, and then work with them when setbacks inevitably occur.