Leaders Building Teams – Part 1

Linter Notes

In this episode of CLR, Dr. Miller discusses two of the four key components for leaders building teams. In today’s part 1, he shares ideas on Structuring Your Team and Inspiring Your Team.  In Part 2, he will explore Opening-Up Your Team and Renewing Your Team.

1. Structuring Your Team

a. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

  • an absence of trust
  • fear of conflict, lack of commitment
  • avoidance of accountability
  • inattentive to results.

b. Objectives of a Team

Ruth Wageman builds on Lencioni’s foundation of trust and offers several additional insights in her book, “Senior Leadership Teams.” Wagemen then offers three objectives for every Senior Leadership Team (SLTs).

  • Interdependent: Teams share responsibility for achieving the collective goal.
  • Bounded: Teams set clear boundaries that establish their identity to everyone both inside and outside the team.
  • Stable: Teams stay together long enough to establish identity, relationship, and complete the mission.

c. Skills of a Team

To build an SLT, both Team Design and Hands-on Leadership are important for diagnosing team structure and in the execution of their mission.   Effective teams value a diversity of skill-sets that encompass both team design and interpersonal relationships.

d. Purpose of a Team

Informational Teams: Exchange information about various ministries/departments/teams and act as a place of central intelligence agency to keep people informed.

  • Consultative Teams: Gather for periodic meetings to provide advice and consent on major decisions.
  • Coordinating Teams: Gather to plan, strategize, and execute key initiatives.
  • Decision-Making Teams: make the small number of critical decisions that are most consequential to the enterprise.

2. Inspiring Your Team

a. The Manipulative Leader

Artie Davis @ artiedavis.com defines some keys to discerning the good leader from the manipulator.  You are manipulating and not leading if..

  • You get defensive with those who disagrees.
  • You minimize others to maximize your position.
  • You “triangulate” your power by secretly bringing others in to your side.
  • You “strong arm” dissenters by forcing your agenda.
  • You listen to placate instead of understand.
  • You play the “listen! I’m the leader!” card, to get your way!
  • You avoid the person that doesn’t follow “the right way.”
  • You pray about your idea in a group with, in a way that would make dissenters feel small.
  • You take credit and share blame.

b. The Inspirational Leader

i. The Pyramid of Success

In creating the Pyramid, Wooden chose for his two cornerstones industriousness and enthusiasm, and the capstone of the Pyramid is competitive greatness.

ii. Wooden’s 12 Lessons in Leadership.

    • Lesson #2. Love is the most powerful four-letter word.
    • Lesson #3. Call yourself a teacher.
    • Lesson #4. Emotion is your enemy.
    • Lesson #5. It takes 10 hands to make a basket.
    • Lesson #6. Little things make big things happen.
    • Lesson #7. Make each day your masterpiece.
    • Lesson #8. The carrot is mightier than the stick.
    • Lesson #9. Make greatness attainable by all.
    • Lesson #10. Seek significant change.
    • Lesson #11. Don’t look at the scoreboard.
    • Lesson #12. Adversity is your asset.

 “As our skill grows and our team spirit depends, we gain both the knowledge and inspiration required to let our confidence fully blossom.  We reach the apex of the Leadership Triangle when we feel supreme confidence in ourselves, in our team, and in what we accomplish together.” – John Wooden

c. Four Keys to Team Centered Success

John Baldoni, Lead by Example : 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results(New York: American Management Association, 2009), xv.

  • Set The Right Example: A leader will demonstrate a capability and competence to do the job well.
  • Act The Part: A leader will demonstrate a genuine passion for what they do and show they are in charge of things.
  • Handle The Tough Stuff: Everyone gets knocked down on the path to success, but leaders get up and demonstrate an ability to handle the obstacles which, in turn, inspires the team to follow.
  • Put The Team First: Leadership is not a solo-act. Leaders point the way, share the work, share the spotlight, and take responsibility when things go wrong.