Episode 121

Published on:

19th Jan 2023

Transitioning from Me to We: How to Build a Strong Team

Are you afraid to give your team your best?

In this episode, we interview Kyle Mcdowell, author of Begin With WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence, on what it really takes to create a culture that is focused on collective success vs. individual wins.

This week, we discuss how picking each other up, taking action, making mistakes, and leading by example all works together to create a strong team dynamic. Kyle share strategies on how to establish healthy boundaries and rely on your teammates, even when it feels vulnerable. This episode is perfect for any leader who is ready to build a team that prioritizes the collective over the individual.


  1. What does being an authentic leader really mean? [07:20]
  2. How might you approach a team member who overcommitted and wasn't able to deliver on what they said they would? [19:20]
  3. What is the "Leadership Gap"?[20:30]
  4. Everyone has experienced leading when you have a resistor on your team. Can you tell us a story about how you flipped the script with a resistor on your team? [25:06]



Read his book, Begin With WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence Paperback



Kyle McDowell Inc. is the parent company of author, speaker, and leadership coach Kyle McDowell. Kyle is widely known for his inspiring approaches to transforming business executives into real leaders while reshaping corporate cultures. In his book, Begin With WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence, Kyle examines the root causes of dysfunction in the workplace, highlighting the plague of a “me-oriented” paradigm, while providing the remedy with his framework, The 10 WEs. Serving as the cornerstone of McDowell’s philosophy, these guiding principles establish the foundation required for building and sustaining a culture of excellence.

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Remarkable Leadership Lessons
Listen today to learn how you can lead high-preforming, inclusive teams.
On the Remarkable Leadership Lessons Podcast, we believe that acknowledging that you don’t know what to do differently is a sign of strength not weakness. Our guests will give you the tools to ask for that much-needed raise, to prepare yourself for life in the C-Suite, and to develop a growth mindset that leads you and your team to the desired results. We help you make work, career and leadership work for you.

Host Denise Cooper helps listeners assemble the building blocks of emotional intelligence: accountability, compassion, the willingness to admit wrongdoing, and the determination to follow through. Problems do not end with strategy. They end with thoughtfully developed solutions consistently put into practice.
Make your actions intentional, your behaviors mindful, and your decisions deliberate. And no matter what, own up to all of them.

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