JLBC Effective Team Leadership



JLBC Effective Team Leadership

Leaders and members of successful teams communicate their views clearly and explicitly. They avoid generalizations and are specific in their communication. They talk about trust and cooperation during the discussion. Leaders and members also initially respond cooperatively to others who are behaving competitively. If others respond competitively, successful group leaders and members demonstrate their willingness to compete by arguing their position.

Negotiation is an effective conflict resolution strategy. Seeking a mutually agreeable solution has been found to increase communication and cooperation. It also tends to reduce the conflict by breaking down the problem into specific issues that can be dealt with one case at a time.

When the intensity and depth of the conflict are too great to be solved by the group members themselves, seeking the aid of a third party can help resolve the dispute. Third-party interventions should be pursued only if all parties want the help and if the intensity of the conflict is high. This last-resort strategy requires a willingness on the part of the group and considerable skill from the third party.

LEADERSHIP AT STAGE 3: INVOLVE MEMBERS IN THE LEADERSHIP FUNCTION OF THE GROUP

Involving members as participants in the leadership process is the hallmark of Stage 3 leadership. Since leaders cannot perform every task, delegation and power-sharing are necessary and indicative of an effective leadership style at this stage.

Leader prominence is less necessary at later stages of development because goals and roles have become clear. Member roles have emerged that take over aspects of the leader’s role. The elaborated group structure makes leader prominence unnecessary and potentially disruptive. The leader moves into a more consultative role with the group. Leadership is still necessary for coordination: however, that coordination function is now shared among members and the leader. The following guidelines describe what influential leaders do at Stage 3.

Encourage and Support Members’ Efforts to Share in the Leadership Function of the Group

In Stage 3, members are ready to facilitate meetings or portions of meetings. By this time, they are capable of working in subgroups.

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