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Team Leadership

Team Leadership

Changing your focus from doing the work to hiring and leading those who do the work is a major step, if not a leap. To successfully make that step you need new skills and an expanded definition of success. The bottom line is still the bottom line, but at the general manager level team leadership is the measure of accomplishment. Successful leaders build and lead effective teams and are described as being good at communicating with the team, motivating the team, delegating, selecting team members who can work together and produce results, and setting clear goals and performance expectations. Consider this story of a manager with effective skills in building and leading a team:

Our teamwork was not good despite having a common goal. Communication, feedback, and team behavior were at a low level. The team leader helped set new norms by bringing in an outside facilitator to help team members improve candor and communication. The team agreed on these norms and subsequent meetings supported that view. The leader also established a reward system based on achieving team goals. Teamwork improved quite a bit because team members understood that the team goal was everyone’s overriding concern.


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