How would you describe the nature of your Leadership team dynamic? Where would you rate your team on each of the five functions listed in this blog?
There comes a time in every founder or CEO journey when they realise they can no longer lead alone. To get the job done, they need a leadership team to share the responsibility of inspiring and aligning their teams to achieve the organisation’s objectives.
To build a leadership team is to sound a tone that resonates throughout the whole organisation. The way leaders lead and interact, set the example for employees and ultimately determine the quality of the customer experience.
Leadership teams exist to share vision and empower employees to achieve. How they work together defines their dynamic. In my last blog, I defined this dynamic as the result of five key functions:
|The proportion of individual contribution to the group||The honesty and diversity of views shared||The degree to which ideas are understood and incorporated||The degree of curiosity, inquiry, and testing of ideas||The process for how decisions are made|
As in everything in life – there are better and worse ways to perform these functions. The table below is a matrix of effectiveness with the five functions across the horizontal; and the levels of effectiveness across the vertical.
|Team In Synergy||Proportionate||Diverse||Active||Exploratory||Pragmatic|
At worst, are dysfunctional teams. These teams are stuck in dysfunction junction, working in ways that slow or hinder performance of the group. In dysfunctional teams;
Better, is to be a functional team. When a leadership team is functional, they are adequately meeting goals and expectations;
Best, is to be a team in synergy. Teams in synergy are better together – they perform better together than any single individual could do on their own. These teams are market leading; they outperform competitors and are often disruptors. In teams with synergy:
If you’re in a leadership team; how would you describe the nature of your dynamic? Where would you rate your team on each of the five functions in the above table? Are you stuck in dysfunction junction? Are you doing OK? Or are you effectively leveraging the talent and resources available to you most of the time?
And how do you know? Essentially – it just feels easier in a team in synergy. It’s more fun, more energetic, and you look forward to your times together. You enjoy the challenge, and you feel more enriched for the experience of having been together.
Oh – and usually you get a better result; deeper learning; and stronger alignment.
Working on the dynamic of a leadership team (or board, or committee or functional team) is as important as doing the work of the team.