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The Leadership Approach Managers Should Avoid

One-size-fits-all – using the same leadership style for everyone in a team. This is a flawed approach and should be avoided because every individual is different and should be treated as such.

In other words, at any point in a team, individuals are at different developmental levels. Hence managers should vary their style of leadership based on each individual’s developmental level. This approach, developed by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard, is known as situational leadership. (more…)

When Teams Work in Silos

At some level, every manager understands that to deliver great performance they have to unlock the potential in teams. And to do this, they need to turn a collection of individuals into a high-performing group, the members of which support one another.

In other words, managers must be team builders nurturing teams where members share resources, ideas and common goals and also develop a shared identity, often built on a combination of their skill sets and their perceived status in the organization.

Aided by their managers, they can identify a common enemy, usually an external competitor. The team unites to defeat the ‘enemy’. (more…)