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Team Leadership Development Process

Here is an overview of a team leadership development process that helps you sustain transformational, high-performing teams

The team leadership development process begins with reflective and insightful team diagnosis and teamwork analysis, facilitated with team process workouts which promote team insight. This would be followed by survey feedback, open house forums, and team strategic situational reviews. Doing these would generate the drive to focus on team issues of high operational and strategic relevance while at the same time promoting the right condition for team process ownership, empowerment and versatility. Thereafter, team leaders should be exposed to appropriate team exercises and team activities, self-leadership inventory, team leadership case work and projects.

Additional steps would involve team leadership skill training, team mentoring and coaching, and team problem-solving and strategic thinking roundtables.

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Leadership Team Building Insights

Promote Strategic Vision and Corporate Wholeness

Leadership team members should put the strategic vision and direction of their organizations front of mind.

They should meet regularly to identify, agree and address important issues underlying their organization’s strategic and competitive situation. One problem that may get in the way of this is the difficulty of leadership team members to think beyond their departmental functions and objectives or the specific business functions and objectives by which they are primarily judged or rewarded.

Employ an Integrated Leadership Team Building System

A leadership team building system creating effective synergy in leadership teams is strategically important for attaining a long-term vision of corporate or business success. It is vital to effective project management.

Such a system would incorporate insightful and strategic leadership team analysis—and would include assessment of team members' perspectives and exploratory team-situational/climate surveys. This would be followed by action plans to adddress team inefficiencies—factors mitigating high-performance—and roundtables, and workouts to foster team commitment and effective synergy of personal actualizing attributes and excellence of integrating subsystems within the organization.

Embark on Regular, Reinforcing Leadership Team Workouts
and Retreats

To be high-performing, leadership teams should be nurtured. They should be nurtured on thinking about, planning on, working together on, and problem solving, what is most important for the organization’s strategic vision and competitiveness.

Regular strategic team leadership team workouts and retreats should be organized for team members, covering such issues and topics as the following.

1. Establishment of organization-wide priorities—and making sure that departmental goals and objectives are aligned with them.
2. Strategic deployment of resources for strategic advantage or for meeting the organization’s business priorities.
3. Planning and collaboratively coordinating programmes of organizational transformation and breakthrough performance.
4. Designing strategy-system-process fit to foster organization-wide responsiveness to change and strategic challenges.
5. Modelling corporate leadership, accountability, and responsibility in their departmental functions.
6. Reviewing and re-engineering role relationships and strategic communications to foster vision-ownership, joint accountability, and self-leadership across the organization.
7. Jointly developing and updating metrics of the organization's performance.
8. Developing and reviewing the strategic performance scorecard of the organization.

Facilitating Effective Teamwork Skills

Holistic Teamwork Training Model

Effective teamwork is critical to long-term business success in a fast changing, complex and multicultural world.

This is particularly the case with demands for ever increasing and varied competencies, skills and knowledge.

The holistic approach to teamwork training is to explore team life issues—team challenges, team systems and processes, and team strategic situation—in the context of building team working skills and teamwork-enabling attitudes and attributes. A holistic teamwork training model would incorporate team analysis, development of teamwork scorecard, and teamwork training and workouts. Practical teamwork training and strategic teamwork building would provide teams with effective teamwork skills and responsive team synergy skills to sustain high performance. Such training should take cognizance of the teams' strategic and competitive business realities.

A major thrust of the model would be to develop the capacity of stakeholders in team life and build their commitment to sustainable high performance and team quality. Effective functional interdependence and synergy, and team boundary management and inter-team engagements would be central in team facilitation sessions and tasks. Real-life and business-linked team building activities would be employed to enhance team decision-making, problem solving, creativity, team planning process, and high-performance and team strategic focus.

Understanding teamness and team dynamics

Teamwork Scorecard Development

As an integral part of effective teamwork training, there would be need to develop a Teamwork Scorecard.

The Teamwork Scorecard should emerge from a series of roundtables, real-life team exercises, reflective/reflexive sessions, and data feedback—using an appropriate team building process technology. It could be reviewed and updated every other year.

The Teamwork Scorecard should focus on team dynamics, team results and team internal resource drivers critical to effective teamwork building and team synergy. This would provide team members and stakeholders insight on how well teams internally function, how well they are using the resources each member possesses, how well they are using the organizational resources available, and the degree of resourcefulness and creativity displayed—to ensure that team results are multiplicative of results deriving from each member's effort or resources acting alone.

Gaining insight for strategic follow-through actions

Teamwork Scorecard Strategic Issues

From the Teamwork Scorecard, there would be enlightened and insightful information on the strategic issues underlying total team performance.

Examples of such issues are:

  1. What are the teams achieving and what about them, and in them, make them tick?
  2. How are they achieving what they are achieving?
  3. What level of team synergy is present in the team and what should be done about it?
  4. What strategic or business situations are significant to effective team synergy?
  5. How aligned to the strategic vision and corporate mission are the teamwork and team processes?

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