Leadership Skills: What Great Team Leaders Do

Tired of hit-or-miss team effectiveness? Great team leaders develop their “integrative” power — the ability to get things done with others.

Great Team Leaders Do 6 Things Above All Others:

1. They generate a strong sense of personal ownership for the productivity of the team.

2. They get everyone in the team to feel like they are in the same boat together.

3. They discover, embrace, and spotlight the intrinsic motivations of team members.

4. They make and keep operating agreements — about communications, accountability, and meeting management — to build trust and confidence.

5. Then they seek an aspirational goal that magnetizes the team toward it.

6. Finally, they discover and celebrate the unique differences each member brings to the team.

You don’t need to be a manager, supervisor, or assigned leader to follow these 6 steps — anyone can.

Integrative power — i.e., the ability to get things done together — can’t be assigned to
anyone because it’s already available to everyone, and no one can take it away from you unless you let them.

You can learn, and choose, to do what many great team leaders do.

Get Started With This 5-Minute Practice Tip

Assess yourself as a team leader from 1 = low to 5 = high on each of the six things great team leaders do.

Be honest. What are your strengths? What team leadership behaviors do you want to learn next?

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Christopher Avery, PhD, is a recognized authority on how individual and shared responsibility works in the mind and an advisor to leaders worldwide.

Posted in Leadership, Responsibility on 01/27/2014 08:40 am
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