Evaluate status, success of team you manage
IF you listen carefully to the advertisements of any organization, whether offering a product or service or attempting to attract new candidates, nearly every one espouses the importance of teams in the workplace.
Teamwork has become such an important part of our work culture and an important part of how we develop our products and services that those teamwork skills are a hard soughtafter candidate requirement.
This is especially so for senior executive team leaders because in that role, you not only influence those teams but you are also a role model. This means that you are able to set goals, instruct and educate, coach, manage conflict, negotiate and provide feedback.
In my view, one of the most critical team leadership skills is being able to diagnose the state of your teams, particularly when you are the newly appointed leader. The following guidelines will help you to examine and evaluate the status of your teams.
Identify general team dysfunction — Team dysfunction is obvious. Look for a lack of focus, missed deadlines, lack of goal attainment, higher than normal member turnover, distrust among members and a sense of negativity. These are high-level items that can be seen at first glance and are a signal to look more deeply.