“None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard, leadership expert
Managing a team is probably the most challenging aspect of your job, and is imperative #3 for becoming a great leader. How many of you run to the break room to avoid creating a team or team building seminars? Take heart, you are not alone! However, there are powerful reasons to create a real team: members hold themselves and one another jointly accountable, individual behavior is strongly influenced through a group, and varied skills experience, and knowledge make a team more productive than groups of individuals.
To create a real team:
- define a clear and compelling purpose with concrete goals
- delineate tasks and responsibilities for each member
- establish a transparent process is for working together and handling conflict
- provide an explicit plan for communication
- value and recognize individuals within the group for their achievement
These 3 imperatives are co-dependent and each will either complement or hinder the other. Your individual relationships will help you get a real team put together, and provide resources and support for meeting your goals.
Do you have another imperative to add? What successes have you faced in these areas?