Team Building

There are many styles of leadership, and they are constantly changing in our world and economy. I suppose as our culture evolves, so must our leadership style and form. I am currently writing a book on Mentoring, especially in contrast to the old form of leadership of Managing. Managers are great with systems and produce results through reward. Mentors have to deal with people and motivate through personal relationships. Which ever style of leadership is present or works, the one constant is that a team must be produced to fulfill the organization’s mission.

“It takes a TEAM to bring forth a DREAM!”

According to the National School Boards Association (USA)

These Group Leadership or Leadership Teams have specific characteristics:

Characteristics of a Team

  • There must be an awareness of unity on the part of all its members.
  • There must be interpersonal relationship. Members must have a chance to contribute, learn from and work with others.
  • The member must have the ability to act together toward a common goal.

Ten characteristics of well-functioning teams:

  • Purpose: Members proudly share a sense of why the team exists and are invested in accomplishing its mission and goals.
  • Priorities: Members know what needs to be done next, by whom, and by when to achieve team goals.
  • Roles: Members know their roles in getting tasks done and when to allow a more skillful member to do a certain task.
  • Decisions: Authority and decision-making lines are clearly understood.
  • Conflict: Conflict is dealt with openly and is considered important to decision-making and personal growth.
  • Personal traits: members feel their unique personalities are appreciated and well utilized.
  • Norms: Group norms for working together are set and seen as standards for every one in the groups.
  • Effectiveness: Members find team meetings efficient and productive and look forward to this time together.
  • Success: Members know clearly when the team has met with success and share in this equally and proudly.
  • Training: Opportunities for feedback and updating skills are provided and taken advantage of by team members.

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