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JLBC Energizing the team

When you assemble a group of people—whether two or several thousand—you don’t automatically get a team. For that to happen, the group must be energized, focused, and view success as a collective rather than an individual aim. Your job as a leader is to create that transformation.

JLBC Choosing your team

The essential aspects of team leadership are selecting team members who work together well, motivating the group, and dealing with conflict. And as increasing amounts of work are project-based, you need to develop team cohesion and focus quickly despite rapid changes in the mix of the team. This is even harder if you have team members working remotely, so ensuring everyone can contribute ideas and access data equally is paramount.

Invest time at the start of a project to choose or strengthen the team—your investment will be repaid when the pressure rises. Pick team members with complementary skills that will come into play at different project stages. Your team should have a good mix of the thinking styles listed below. If the group is small, members may have to fill more than one role.

The leader—ensures everyone understands the objectives, motivates, and communicates.

The creative—and imaginative thinker who has bold concepts at the outset of a project and provides ideas when the team is stuck.

The analyst—is the problem-solver who tests the plan at every stage. The facilitator—has good interpersonal skills, and is sensitive to

the group dynamic acts as the “glue” in a team.

The administrator—pays attention to details and keeps the team on time and focused on the task.

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