Leadership development is for teams, too.
When it comes to leadership teams, there's often an expectation that everyone is fully developed and empowered with superior leadership AND team skills.
It seldom works out that way. To remedy the situation, team effectiveness workshop are held and leadership training is introduced.
The problem is that those two elements are not integrated.
Are You Inclusive in Your Leadership Team Development?
Leadership team development is not the same as individual leadership development
Whether leadership development takes place in a corporate setting or in an open enrollment environment, it's usually reserved for a select number of individuals. Those chosen few are typically the sole representative from their own team or department.
Developing the leadership potential of individuals has merit. But this approach should not be confused with the stronger approach of developing an entire team.
Providing leadership development to all members of the team gives them all a common language, framework and accountability for demonstrating leadership. But even this approach may be lacking.
Sending every member of the team through a leadership development program often remains an individual-focused effort. Side-by-side, as a cohort, the members of the group learn about themselves and how to become stronger individual leaders.
Individual leaders sometimes compete, perhaps inadvertently. Visions clash when crafted or massaged by individuals. Decision-making is less inclusive when individuals lead without thinking in the context of the team. Collaboration is deemed too difficult.
Leadership team development goes beyond the development of individual leaders
To develop as a team of leaders, there's more to do.
It starts with shifting to a more inclusive approach -- Teams of leaders developing the team and their own leadership (individually and collectively).
As a team, values are determined together. A vision is truly shared. Alignment of values and vision and voice factor in to the leadership team's development.
While individuals simultaneously strengthen and sharpen their leadership skills, the team as a whole is also developing together (intentionally and with top priority).
Leadership team development has a trickle down effect
When a leadership team works together to develop as a team of leaders, others benefit, too.
It's a cascading effect. A leadership team unifies others and inspires people throughout the organization by using their collective voice. A developed team speaks in one accord, with each voice echoing and magnifying all the other voices.
Clarity and consistency make everyone's path easier. Across the organization, a pervasive feeling of being part of something bigger begins to spread. It's the natural outgrowth of this clarity.
Empowered and inspired employees respond. Higher levels of engagement, more positive feelings about the workplace, and emotional commitment lead to stronger retention rates and higher productivity.
Leadership team members support each other and continue to grow together. As they develop, the organization develops, too.
Next Steps for effective leadership team development and shared decision making
What's it like on your team? Are interpersonal issues or hidden divides keeping your team from peak performance? If you're looking for ways to get your team back on track, take action today!
- Determine if there's a trust gap in your team. Inadvertent breaches of trust can cause lasting damage if not acknowledged and repaired.
- Download one of our popular infographics for teams. Decision-making for teams provides a step-by-step approach for collaborative decision-making.
- Book a PFPS facilitator today to facilitate critical team meetings, to speak at your leadership or team events, to conduct customized retreats or workshops to improve your team's effectiveness.
CONNECT2Win is the blog for everyone who works with anyone. Published weekly, the emphasis in 2017 is on the basics of team effectiveness for team leaders and all team members who want to contribute at a higher level.
Deb Calvert is President of People First Productivity Solutions, the company that's been building organizational strength by putting people first since 2006. Deb's fortune 500 background in Human Resources, Sales and Operations gives her a unique perspective on working with cross-functional teams. She is a certified Executive Coach, MBTI practitioner, Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®, bestselling author, instructional designer and gifted facilitator.