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EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAMS
Effective leadership teams are powerhouses for creating and realising an organisation's development- and implementation competencies. Unfortunately, international studies suggest that at least 1/3 of the time leaders spend on management meetings is perceived to be unproductive or wasted (Green & Lazarus, 1991; Mosvick & Nelson, 1996; Romano & Nunamaker, 2001).
Typically, the following points are highlighted as problematic:
Frequent derailment from the primary topic of the meeting
Tasks that are taken up on the meeting do not have a clear purpose
Too much of the information presented is irrelevant
Participants primarily have their own unit's interests in mind and therefore neglect the broader perspective during discussions
The tasks discussed lack conclusions
At RexAlbright we employ the reputable Effect-model in our work toward creating effective leadership teams. The model has been developed by Bang, Middelfart, Elmholdt and Molly-Søholm in 2015:
Our work with leadership teams takes its starting point in the three steps of the Effect-model:
Step 1: Preconditions
Step 2: Processes
Step 3: Results
HOW DOES THE PROGRAMME WORK?
The programme is usually divided into two workshops of half a day each. Additionally, we offer coaching and sparring programs tailored either to individual team members, parts of the leadership team or, alternatively, the entire team.
The sessions are suitable for top, middle and front-line management teams.
The top management team - with the objective of ensuring an improved strategic steering and development of the entire organisation in cooperation with the board or political leadership.
The middle management team - with the objective of ensuring an improved coordination and support of front-line managers' performance - including conveying and clarifying decisions to lower organisational levels, providing feedback to higher levels, and in general coordinating the tasks at hand throughout the organisation's hierarchy and between its units and divisions.
The front-line management team - with the objective of ensuring an improved goal implementation, day-to-day performance, job satisfaction and improving the concrete execution of the division's professional tasks.
THE LEADER OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
It is crucial for any leadership team that the leader of the team is able to successfully fulfil this role. This includes leading the group and creating a frame in which the continuous development of an effective and collaborative team can be secured.
The most effective leadership teams are characterised by having a clearly defined leadership, which is focused on dialogue and on optimally utilising the group's complementary competencies.
Most often, the individual members of a leadership team do not perceive the leadership team as their primary unit of production, as their primary results are delivered in the units that each of them are heading. The exception to this is the leader of the leadership team.
Due to this, the leader of the leadership team becomes essential in creating cohesion and ensuring that the group takes the entire value chain into consideration when making decisions.
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM AS A TEAM
A team has one or more common goals or common tasks, which differ from the sum of each individual member's goals or tasks (Bang et al, 2015)
Bang and colleagues thus conclude that for a leadership team to be a team, it must have goals, which the team members are collectively responsible for achieving. Alternatively, the team must have tasks that require the collaboration of team members, in order to be completed.
When determining whether or not a specific leadership team is a team we must ask the following question: What is the leadership team responsible for producing? With this we refer to responsibilities that are beyond what individual members are responsible for.
At the end of the day, what makes the leadership team a true team is that the individual members depend on each other in order to reach the group's goals. This is the core of the leadership team.