Team Leadership Guide

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motivate / manage change / team performance



Shaping an Environment for Team Collaboration  

Researchers M. A. Smylie and J. G. Conyers suggest that in order for team members to collaborate effectively, leaders must help them define their roles.  

1.    Team members must shift from viewing the organization as just a work site and begin seeing it also as a place to develop skills. Team members must ask the question, "How does my work climate support my growth as a valued contributor to my team and organization?"

2.    Team members must stop focusing on team deficits and begin focusing on competencies.  Team members should have time to discuss their knowledge, skills, and experience.

3.    Team members must work in an environment where their self-reliance is valued.  They must be aware that their experience is a valued commodity. 

4.    Teams must know, understand, and subsequently act on the teamís delegated roles and authority.  Acting as a coordinated unit is an expectation.

5.    Teams must engage in focused training and development.  New hire training and cross training must be an integral part of the work environment.  Team members must ask the question, "What needs to be done, who is best suited to it, and what are our training needs?"