| August 2009 Vol 1 Issue 6
In today's business, the team leader is the main link between the organization's goals and the people responsible for the daily
activities that make those goals a reality. Because of the necessary and integral role this position plays, it is obvious that good team leaders are key to the success of any organization.
Many everyday decisions required within this role affect profits, productivity, service levels as well as attitudes and morale. With a role and function of this magnitude, it would seem logical that the process of becoming a team leader would require years of training.
However, most team leaders have had little or no training in the required skills. Almost universally, today's team leaders are individuals who have been promoted from being a super worker to being a team leader.
Today, an effective team leader requires more than being a super worker; they require the skills to manage and lead people to a higher level of productivity and successful outcomes. Every company and organization is forced to accomplish more with less in this global economy. Effective team leaders can be a powerful force that assures greater team productivity and the achievement of organizational goals. Investment in team leadership development is an investment in organizational success.
What Leaders are Reading
Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You
Need to Succeed by Paul D. Stanley and Robert Clinton
None of us are
fully equipped to excel in life. Our weaknesses, blind spots, limited
capabilities, and lack of experience all point to one thing -- interdependence. This is why connecting with others plays such an indispensable role in healthy
development. Having access to the wisdom, experience, vision, and direction of
those who have gone before can put you years ahead of where you'd be on your
own. And, in addition to enhancing your own potential in all of life's growth
areas (spiritual, emotional, professional, relational, etc.), the things you'll
discover will equip you to help others as well.
The Bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14
Paul encourages the appreciation of leaders and how to live and work along side of others.
OF THE MONTH
Regardless of the size of your organization or business, or the experience
of your leadership team, consider implementing a team leadership development process.
A team leadership process makes team leadership development not only possible, but eminently profitable. Such a process should address essential team leadership elements such as Attitude Development, Behavior and Management Skills and Goal Accomplishment.
Measurable results from such a process can include dynamic teams, higher performing individuals, lower costs, increased revenue, and thus, increased profitiablity.
Consider a professionally facilitated Team Leadership Development process from LBD.
John BranstadQUOTE OF THE MONTH"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it."Dwight Eisenhower