In today’s workplace many of us are familiar with working in groups in order to accomplish every day tasks. Groups are considered to be members of two or more people who have a single mission to achieve but can work independently from one another (PSU W.C., Lesson 9, 2014). We are even used to working with other members while getting our degrees through Penn State. While I have worked in groups for certain classes, mo
st professors require we work as a team in order to accomplish the assignment. Teams are different from groups in that the assignment cannot be completed unless each team member works directly with one another. Basically teams are much more dependent on each other than groups are.
In the workplace we find that team leadership is must more common. The performance functions for team leadership include getting the job done, making decisions, solving problems, adapting to changes, making plans, and achieving goals (PSU W.C., Lesson 9, 2014). Leaders of teams need to not only focus on motivating their employees to perform to the best of their ability, but to also ensure that the organization is successful.
Recently we had a monthly team meeting in my office. These meetings bring all members of the branch together to discuss each departments success or short comings in the previous month and discuss how we plan to make improvements if need be going forward. Our manager is the leader of these meetings and was appointed by our Vice President to influence the behavior of all other members through reward or punishment. I personally believe that my manager was born to be a great leader. He contains all the traits needed to motivate us to do better while making us think how we could better our departments. He is just one of those individuals that can draw your attention no matter what he is talking about. He effectively motivates us does through positive criticism and giving us constant recognition of our accomplishments.
Since we have started these monthly meetings, my department has continued to increase our sells while billing out a higher percentage on our cost to sell ratio. While we all work very hard individually to make our organization successful, we must work dependently to one another in order to make sure the goals of the company are met. Positive team leadership skills foster task work while reinforcing excellence. These are the main reasons why our organization continues to be successful month after month.
Leaders today need to invest in their employees to make them successful. Through motivation, recognition, playing into others strengths, maintaining a systematic process and gaining the trust of your teammates team leaders can be the most effective for their organization (John Hall, 2013). With strong leaders such as my manager, companies will run more harmoniously and continue to gain multiple successes in a falling economy.
J. Hall (2013). 12 Simple Things A Leader Can Do To Build A Phenomenal Team. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2013/01/29/team-building-leader/
Penn State World Campus (2014). PSYCH 485: Lesson 9, Team Leadership. Retrieved from https://courses.worldcampus.psu.edu/fa14/psych485/001/content/09_lesson/08_page.html