Today we are at U of the Team Leadership Myths. one of h biggest myths I have heard over the years in working with new and experienced team leaders is that "my team needs are uniform". In fact, one of the most interesting, and challenging things about supporting a team is that each person is different, with unique needs, preferences and talents.
It is likely that your team has different work style preferences in the areas of:
Communication preferences - some may like face-to=face communication, others may prefer email and some may even prefer a text
Meeting preferences - just like communication you my find a variety of meeting preferences - shot and sweet, vs long and frequent
Support needs - Some team leaders may want to work s independently and autonomously as possible, while others may want more ongoing support and closer touch points.
Level of detail - We all are different in terms of our level of detail needs. Consider those team members who work best when provided a high level overview with broad-strokes information versus detailed, step by step information
If you are unsure, and team members are unsure, how they best can be supported, you may want to consider providing everyone with a DiSC style profile and report. It's done online and can provide some valuable insights into the diverse preferences of your team in tmers of communication, decision making. Profiles can also be provided s part of a training, retreat or coaching process. Contact me fo more information about needs for you, and your team.
Have a great start to the week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
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