How to Become a Team Leadership Genius
Leading a team of people on any project can be a bear. Running a small business with differing skills, personalities, backgrounds, genders and competing interests can be just plain difficult. It seems like piling any group of people together in hopes of getting a job done is a hopeless cause. But if you:
- develop a keen understanding of how individuals behave within a team and
- dearn to motivate individuals towards a common goal
you’ll develop a reputation for being a team leading genius that delivers the results your company badly needs.
To hone these skills I recommend three books, all within an arm’s length of my desk chair. They will give you insight into the leadership and necessary team building skills you need in any organization bigger than 2.
I wrote my Five Dysfunctions: Root Causes for Corporate Illness last Spring. This book is a quick read, but don’t let the fact that its short hold you back. It defines a pyramid for explaining the forces at work within individuals on a team. Some forces work towards binding the team together and getting it to strive towards a common goal. Others work right against it in favor of individual agendas that probably won’t help anyone but that one person.
For those of you new to managing people, experienced but troubled by team performance issues or just someone wanting a refresher on how to run a good team, this is the right book.
You can find my review of this book at Leadership and Self Deception: Perfect for Identifying Imperfections. This book forced me to look at myself as others see me and identify the shortcomings that can stand in the way of my becoming a strong leader. Self deception could be blocking you like a fog preventing you from seeing what everyone around you knows, but is afraid or unwilling to tell you. What a huge dilemma walking around like a naked emperor with no clothes.
This isn’t a difficult book to read. Like the Five Dysfunctions, it’s written in fable form, but is a bit longer. As the corporate orientation educates a newbee employee on the problems with self deception, you get the education yourself. The book not only helps you diagnose any problem in yourself, but suggests ways to combat them.
It led me to put myself through a management and leadership 360 degree assessment which was a real eye opener to me and help me make changes to do better.
Don’t pretend this book isn’t for you. It is.
Book #3: Now, Discover Your Strengths
I reviewed this book in Now, Discover Your Strengths” Helps You Do Just That. This book describes 34 possible strengths and includes an assessment you can take online to figure one which are your strengths. (Note: If you buy a used copy from someone that took the assessment, you will not be able to get yours done. This is the biggest value of the book so beware when buying used copies.)
The book works off the thinking that if you can identify your strengths, you can work to maximize how you use them at work and in your personal life. As I mention in my book reviews, I used the book with my IT department a few years back and got great results. The best part is we didn’t have budgets for expensive team building seminars and this got us some pretty good results for the price of the books.
You should consider this for yourself and for your team.
(Note: Since you have to buy new copies of this book, get ‘em by clicking on the links in the banners or in the Amazon ads in my reviews. Help me make a few bucks – more like pennies – will ya?)
Hope this helps.