Published on April 29, 2009
LEADING : LEADING What is a Team Anyway? : What is a Team Anyway? A Team is a group of people with complimentary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Who is a Team Leader..? : Who is a Team Leader..? Contact point for communication between team and management Full-fledged team member Assists the team by immediately implementing changes that are within the bounds of the team WHAT IS LEADING…? : WHAT IS LEADING…? The Challenge of envisioning a desired future for an organization and moving towards that future is central task of management. Sensible strategic plan and a sensible organizational structure will result in the fulfillment of organizational goals, to translate these decisions into actions and sustain them, one must be prepared to encourage support the people who carry out the plans and work within the structure. This managerial effort to keep people focused on the goals for an organization is the process of leading. Leading is about the human skills of management. ESSENCE OF LEADING : ESSENCE OF LEADING LEADERSHIP TEAMS & TEAM WORK MOTIVATION LEADERSHIP : LEADERSHIP There are almost many definitions of leadership, but we have defined leadership as the process of directing and influencing the task related activities of group members. It Involves other people- employees or followers, distribution of powers between leader & group members, power to influence followers. LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS : LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS Many researchers exploring leadership functions came to the conclusion that to operate effectively groups need someone to perform two major functions - * TASK RELATED or PROBLEM SOLVING FUNCTION * GROUP MAINTENANCE or SOCIAL FUNCTIONS. An individual who is able to perform both roles would be an especially effective leader. Leading A Team : Leading A Team Multiple Styles Find your own style Lead – don’t be the whole team You can’t do everything yourself Lead – don’t follow Don’t let the team members drive the team Lead – don’t drive Don’t be a dictator Team Leader’s Role : Team Leader’s Role Train teams in group problem-solving techniques Master coaching skills for use with teams Infuse teams with a sense of their own identity Help teams choose their own targets and goals Monitor and assess peer performance appraisals Monitor and assess the peer discipline process Help the teams expand their responsibilities Foster innovation in teams Monitor team competition to prevent overzealous behaviours Refocus teams when necessary on team goals Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader : Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader Share information Support/build on ideas or proposals Acknowledge members’ ideas by summarizing Respect and acknowledge emotions, be patient Deal with negative behaviours (for example side conversations, personal attacks, rambling) in a firm but friendly manner Use team members to deal with awkward individuals Break down conflicts, confirm agreements, clarify areas of disagreement, aim for consensus, if not total agreement, in the team Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader (Cont…) : Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader (Cont…) Identify your teams strengths and weaknesses Increase productivity and efficiency Improve the way your team members interact Improve their ability to solve problems Improve morale Improve your managerial and leadership skills Clearly define objectives and goals Improve support and trust levels among employees Develop healthy inter-group relations Reduce unhealthy conflict Reduce stress in your workplace Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader (Cont…) : Few Do’s For Being An Effective Team Leader (Cont…) Tap into the hidden potential of your people Find the barriers that thwart creativity Achieve goal congruence Improve processes, procedures and humanize control systems Get your people to work TOGETHER! Get to the root problem holding back team development in your organization now. Improve organizational productivity. Improve job security Leading Mistakes To Avoid : Leading Mistakes To Avoid Delay too long in taking needed action Works too hard at being liked Insensitive to others, abrasive, intimidating, bullying style, cool, aloof and/or arrogant Betrayal of trust Over managing or under managing Ineffective or absent delegation and ineffective team building Unable to think strategically Unable to adapt to people who have different styles Behaving inconsistently Six Key Elements of Leading : Six Key Elements of Leading Trust Coherence Competence Collaboration Competition Contribution Trust : Trust As a Team Leader, you've got to establish confidence. Every member of your team must trust you. It is your responsibility to build that confidence towards you and towards every members of your team & towards the management Coherence : Coherence You've got to walk your talk. What you say is what you do. Coherence between your teaching and your own actions will have a significant effect on your team : it will have a direct influence upon the trust of your team members towards you. The less your team trust you, the less your message will be heard. Competence : Competence No leader can survive incompetence. Knowing how to resource yourself and knowing how to surround yourself are 2 qualities that every leaders possess.What the leader don't know, he learns it or he makes someone who knows about it to execute the task. Collaboration : Collaboration The more successful people there will be in your team, the more success YOU will have but... BE CAREFUL.... As your member gets bigger and bigger, make sure they treat their downline with respect. Never let your people by themselves. Always bring them to their best. Be sure you duplicate that statement otherwise your downline will stop growing at some point making you lose maybe thousands of dollars. Make sure the heavy-hitters of your team know about this. Competition : Competition Drive your team towards excellence. Let your team know the success of everyone. As soon as someone reach his own next level. Announce it to your team. This will favor the development of your group. Contribution : Contribution This is the guard angel of the team spirit. If all the members of your team contribute to bring the best out of themselves you will lead a group that has very good potential to hit hard....as a team. Every members must contribute in some ways. If they don't work their business, they will not make money and you won't make money. Help them build their business Easy Steps For Developing Your Leadership Skills : Easy Steps For Developing Your Leadership Skills Humility Strength, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats Follow your bliss (happiness) Dream Big Develop A Vision Practice Perseverance Honor Your Word Get a Mentor Be Yourself Give Ask These Questions to Yourself : Ask These Questions to Yourself How focused am I? How much of my time do I spend communicating and inspiring people about our mission, vision and strategic goals? Am I viewed as authentic? Do people see and hear the real me? Do I wear a mask at work, and remove it when I leave each evening? How courageous am I when my values, vision and goals are challenged? Do I stand firm and only change my position when I know that I am wrong? How empathetic am I? Do I create enough opportunities for open and candid dialogue? MOTIVATION : MOTIVATION Researchers have long believed that organizational goals are unattainable without enduring commitment of the members of the organization. MOTIVATION is a human psychological characteristic that contributes to a person’s degree of commitment. It includes the factors that cause, channel & sustain human behavior in particular committed direction. MOTIVATING is the process of influencing people’s behavior. It is very important for leading. MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS : MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS It was developed by Abraham Maslow, he viewed human motivation as a hierarchy of five need ranging from most basic needs to highest need. According to maslow, individuals will be motivated to fulfil whichever need is preptent, most powerful for them at a given time. MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS : MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS TWO FACTOR THEORY OF MOTIVATION : TWO FACTOR THEORY OF MOTIVATION Fredrick Herzberg and his associates conducted a study of the job attitudes. Herzberg concluded that the job dissatisfaction & job satisfaction arose from two separate sets of factor. This theory was termed as the two factor theory. Dissatisfaction includes- salary, working condition & company policy. Satisfaction includes- achievement, recognition, responsibility and advancement. CONCLUSION : CONCLUSION Leading is one of the vital function of management. It Supports various other functions of management. How a effective leader motivates its subordinates with its skills which plays an important role for the outcome or desired result for the organization. Be A Successful Leader : Be A Successful Leader Good Luck!