3 Characteristics of Effective Leadership Teams
ParagraExecutive teams are integral to providing strategic and operational leadership to an organisation. They guide their teams towards achieving goals, developing strategies and overseeing their implementation. An effective leadership team is able to do this by modelling behaviours and setting the cultural standard of the company. The collective functionality of executive teams is rarely prioritised over their strategic role. For organisations that get it right, performance increases at every level and provides a significant competitive advantage.
High performance teams are incredibly intentional in how they interact with one another. Their differences are valued and respected, allowing for more effective communication. They often seek feedback from one another and trust in each other’s expertise and capabilities. Establishing clear expectations for how teams handle difficult conversations is critical to developing effective leadership.
In addition to having strong communication skills, executive team members must be comfortable being honest and vulnerable. When leaders show up with authenticity, they engage with others on a much more personal level. They demonstrate their dedication to the work and loyalty to one another by driving each other to reach their full potential.
The most effective leadership teams do not shy away from accountability, from both within the team and others in the organisation. They establish clear expectations around what they need to do, communicate them frequently, and review their progress regularly. Each person on a high performance team understands the necessity of taking personal accountability for their role and why that is important for ensuring team accountability.
Participating in leadership training for performance accountability can help teams to build their collective mindset. While each individual has their own responsibilities within the team, understanding how those responsibilities align with the rest of the team drives greater engagement with common objectives. No individual is solely accountable for the success of the whole team. If objectives aren’t met, the team must address the cause and decide how to correct it or prevent it in the future.
High performing leaders function collaboratively, taking an enterprise-wide perspective on their operations both individually and as a team. They serve as role models for the entire organisation in terms of breaking down silos and developing solutions to problems the business faces. Individuals on high performing executive teams put the organisation’s interests ahead of their personal gains.
Executive positions represent a new challenge for leaders to continue to learn and grow. The best leadership development programs enable participants to engage in better performance conversations that result in more opportunities for individual and collective growth. When leadership teams maintain this mindset they are able to drive value beyond the expected level of performance.
Effective leadership teams lead by example. They set expectations by demonstrating desired behaviours themselves. Through high performance training programs, they improve their functionality and set the standard for others to follow. When executive teams are operating at their full potential, performance increases throughout the organisation.
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