The Importance Of Leading Teams

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Module 5: Leading Teams
A leader of any group is likely to encounter people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and ways of working, which makes for a challenge, even under the best circumstances. However, it is the leader’s responsibility to grow the team into a cohesive and well-functioning successful group. Welch, the somewhat controversial CEO of General Electric once said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others” (Welch, 2012). While today’s leaders are in traditional face-to-face teambuilding each day, they are now frequently leading team members that are geographically scattered throughout the country or in some cases, the world. While both scenarios
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While some teams are permanent, others come together for a specific project and dissolve once the project is completed. Ideally, the goal is to develop a self-directed team under the guidance of a strong leader. According to Daft (2015), self-directed team members have high levels of job satisfaction and a strong sense of belonging to the organization. In developing a self-directed team, the leader likely employed the styles of the visionary, affiliative, and democratic leader to build cohesiveness, collaboration, and independence within the team members. This combination breathes independence into the team as the leader gives a sense of meaning and purpose to the work, is adept at authentic caring and helping people bond, and makes it clear, he or she values their ideas and trusts them to make independent decisions. This type of high-functioning team is a testament to great …show more content…
In fact, a leader would be shortsighted to believe using the same leadership styles in traditional teams and virtual teams would have the same results. While the goals of forming relationships and collaborating toward a solution are similar in both groups, the ways a leader achieves these ideals, is quite different as traditional teams have the benefits of being in the same room, the virtual team may never meet. To improve virtual team success, a leader should be intentional in finding ways to build rapport, such as virtual lunches, online chats, Skype, and other tools that demonstrate the human being behind the e-mails. Certainly, both traditional and virtual teams present challenges, but how the leader approaches these problems and the styles used to promote collegiality among members, can be as diverse as the groups

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