UNIT II ASSESSMENT 5
Abilityto establish and lead good performing team is critical in medium andsmall size businesses. In these enterprises, workers must worktogether, wear different hats, as well as work effectively in anorganization to ensure quick accomplishment of a task to remaincompetitive. To understand competencies required to establish andlead a performing team, it is important first to define the wordteam. A team refers to a small group of individuals withcomplementary knowledge, committed performance goals, common purpose,and approach that they hold mutually accountable (Dyer et al., 2013).Effective team leader require three essential competencies thatinclude:
Aleader should help the workers to understand why they should work asa team. Team members need to understand the shared goals, what eachmember should bring to an organization that is crucial and relevantto team overall successes.
Ateam leader should ensure that there is sufficient knowledge toperform the task. The knowledge needed include information relevantto individual job competencies and team’s goals.
Aleader should facilitate effective communication in a way thatguarantee good decision-making, coordination of effort, and problemsolves (Dyer et al., 2013).
Effectivemeetings are integral to successful task completion, achievement ofteam goals, and overall team functioning. Team meetings are essentialtools for productivity and management of group tasks. Effective teammeetings permit open conversation that bring together each members’skills, knowledge, views on how to solve problems, as well as how tosupport each other to achieve team’s collective goals. Attention togroup meeting preparation, participation, facilitation, as well asevaluation processes are critical approaches to ensuring productiveoutcomes. To ensure efficient meeting management , a leader need tofollow these necessary steps: start and finish on time, organizemeeting logistics, distribute meeting agenda earlier, open withcheck-in of members, assign administrative roles, review andestablish ground rules, assign action items and summarize decisions,circulate minutes of meeting promptly, and finally plan and evaluatefor improvement (Dyer et al, 2013).
Ateam leader can function as a coach through providing advice andcritic on a given subject in an authoritative, but caring approach.He or she needs to function as a “skilled assistant” in order toachieve excellence. On the other hand, team leaders can function ascoach facilitators by educating squad members about the rulesapplicable during group training such as consensus. For example,individuals in a given team require understanding the meaning ofconsensus before a coach starts using the terms. The coach shouldalso help his or her team members to identify their personalstrengths (Dyer et al, 2013).
Asuccessful team leader is characterized by how he or she helps theteam to succeed. These characteristics include:
Asuccessful leader should create a focus through developing anenergizing, inspiring strategy together with the team. The strategyshould combine need for future business profitability with employees’need to contribute to a collective goal.
Heor she should inform the plan in a manner that motivates and inspirethe team to achieve the dream. A leader should use inspirationalquotations, videos, plays, and songs to excite and inspire the teamabout the present and future role (Dyer et al., 2013).
Implementthe strategy through projects
Successfulleaders should create short-term projects, which will lead the teamtowards a developed plan. They should encourage a team member toselect the project he or she desires to work on in line with his/hercareer goal or personal interest.
Allocateprojects to different teams for project plan development
Projectplan breaks down the project into smaller chunks or individual actionitems. Every week, a leader should meet with the team for follow upon team achievement.
Allowteam members to plan for team success
Successfulleaders ask their teams the following questions what should be doneto remove barriers? What support does the team need to implement aproject effectively? Or what are the existing barriers that canhinder the team from succeeding?
Theabsence of these characteristics may lead to poor team coordinationand failure to achieve the team collective goals (Dyer et al., 2013).
Dyer,W. G. Jr., Dyer, J. H., & Dyer, W. G. (2013). Teambuilding: Proven strategies for improving team performance (5th ed.).San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.