Leadership & Change Management

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The definition of team from is a group of people with different skills and different tasks, who work together on a common project, service or goal that requires completing a task, job or project. A team is a group of people working together towards a common goal. Team members operate with a high degree of interdependence, share authority and responsibility for self-management. For example, a football player totally depends on each other to reach their goal which is to win and be the overall champion. If one the player does not have the same skills and goal, the team will not be able to win the game. The players also share the same workload and are able to play according to the rules set in the game.

Secondly, they are also responsible for their self well being, meaning, they need to able to keep fit, healthy and in high spirit to win the game. So if one of the football players are injured or not well, it will affect the number of resources available in order to play the game. With this, the players have to be physically and mentally fit to strictly focus on the winning the game. The spirit of winning among the players need to be motivated and inspired at all times.

Thirdly, they are accountable for the collective performance and work toward a common goal and shared rewards. For example, every players in the football team are responsible and dependant towards one another, planning effective strategies in order to win the game and be the champion among the entire football league. A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members. In this scenario, when the team members shared the common goal with the same commitments, they will feel motivated, inspired, energetic and encouraged in their performance.

Team also can be defined as Trust, Encourage, Appreciate and Motivate. This definition is interesting because it does relate to the leadership role of the leader in a team. The leader practically needs to trust his or her team members in assigning a task. Successful teams are built of members who trust each other. Most of the team leader would rather do the task personally in order to get the things done his or her way and not trusting his or her team members with the task. Leader also consistently encourages and supports the team to give more ideas and challenges. Leader must also appreciate and reward the staffs who have done well and above the others. The staff will feel great being recognize for his or her effort. Motivation is also the key to boost the staffs’ morale. Team can also mean Together Everyone Achieves More. By combining individual talents and abilities, great things can happen and excellence is within everyone’s reach.

Question No. 1 (a)

Strategy No.1: Establish A Project Team With Clearly Defined Roles

First thing is that each team member must know what function he or she plays in the team. How the roles compliment other team members’ functions and what would be the implications if one of the team members does not do or complete the job in time. The team must know what is their mission and goals to achieve. In this scenario, Mike need to call for a meeting with all departments. Clarify the team mission and each member of the team must know the mission and understand the role they play in fulfilling the mission. The team mission is the purpose or the team’s reason for being. The mission in this scenario is to increase productivity with minimum cost and resources.

Mike must also make sure that everyone has common goals and objectives that should support the team’s mission or purpose. The goals should be measurable and with given deadline. Once the mission and goals have been put in place, Mike must make sure that the team members understand why each of each of the departments plays a crucial role in completing the task given.

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