In the last couple of months of 2015, I will be undertaking another Leadership A - Z - this one on leadership and teamwork myths and some common preconceptions we hold around leadership and teamwork.
We are kicking off the ball today with A and the myth that "all team members are the same". From the way people prefer communication (big picture to detailed, phone vs text) styles shape the needs and preferences of the people we support. In the DiSC work I do with others I see this play out all the time across teams. Different styles can cause friction, especially when others are not aware of the impact their style is having on others. As team members do begin to understand and appreciate the different strengths and styles that exist on a team it can help them harness the diverse, and often complimentary, skills that exist.
As leaders it is important to get to know our individual team members and to consider how each can be best supported.
Key questions for leaders to think about, and have dialogue with the team around this Myth #1 - Al Team Members are the same are
1. What are the styles of each of the team members?
2. What do we notice about style preferences individually and across the team?
3. What are the specific support needs for each team members?
4. What do we know about each others strengths? Individually? Collectively?
5. Where is there overlap? Where to they interface?
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Leadership, Teamwork and Coaching
Join us in a few weeks for the Group and Team Coaching Intensive program in downtown Toronto - weekend of November 7-8, 2015. This program supports coaches and leaders to enhance their coaching toolkit for working with teams and groups as a coach. Program approved for 19 CCEs with the ICF.
With best wishes,