The following is a short book preview about the shift from management to team leadership contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance
W. Gibb Dyer, Jr., Jeffrey H. Dyer, and William G. Dyer; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (2013)
“It is clear that a critical difference between a staff and a team resides in the power and role of the ‘boss.’ With a staff, the superior is in charge and the staff members are workers who carry out the assignments or actions decreed by the superior. There is little, if any, synergy among team members or empowerment of team members. Effective teams are successful because they take advantage of the complementary knowledge and skills of team members: everyone on the team contributes something different to team performance. The team still has a recognized leader, but that the person’s use of power and definition of the role are very different. The team’s leader tends to give more responsibility to the team, opens up lines of communication, encourages collaboration and mutual helping among members, and allows – even encourages – differences of opinion and helps the team work through those differences. The leader spends time building the team so that team members feel responsible for working together to accomplish common goals (p. 59).”
Team Building is available from the OSU Leadership Center.
Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.