Leverage is critical for today's teams. Leveraging, or capitalizing, on the best each team members brings is essential in a context where team members may be changing frequently, and decisions and actions need to be made in a "less than perfect" environment. Given ongoing change things may never be perfect. Leverage is a scientific term which makes us think of a lever and the amount of force needed to tip it. With leverage you may not require as much force.
For the past 336 days, we've been exploring different facets, skills and foundations of team leadership. Areas such as skills needed for coaching your team, mentoring, teamwork skills, providing feedback, setting goals. One area we have not explored is leadership styles. There has already been so much written on this, and several wonderful models created such as Blanchard's Situational Leadership Model which asserts that our style as leader needs to change according to the level of confidence and competence our team members bring to each task at hand.
Another area we explored throughout the year was listening. Trust drops when people do not feel that they have been listened to.
Letting go is sometimes just as important as adding on or prioritizing. In today's business context the ability to know what to say no to is just as important as saying yes. AT the start of every month this year I have encouraged you to consider what you, and your team, need to let go of? What's weighing you down? What is not essential? What could be done better by someone else?
One of my favorite "l" words that came up for me today was LEAP. It is often said that real breakthroughs are not an incremental shift, but a LEAP into a new terrain. Where have you and your team leaped this year? What impact did it have? Where might a LEAP be needed going forward?
As you move through today, consider what your leadership style is and where a LEAP might be of benefit.
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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