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What Causes an Effective Organization? (Management and Leadership #3)

February 13, 2019

The Importance of Teamwork


              Effective organizations that do well with their core competencies and mission must have effective teamwork.  For effective teamwork to happen, several factors are met according to The Saylor Foundation.  Some of these areas include: Encouragement of each team member by other team members to do their best improves collective results; Greater commitment happens from each team member as each person is satisfied from being on the team; Group performance through collective individual involvement causes greater results than individual performance; Reliance on one another in the team to get things done causes greater efficiency and increased productivity; Rotation of leadership over time causes greater effectiveness amongst the team; and Trust amongst the team causes greater communication.

              What are some of the areas that cause organizations to fail with teamwork?  Interestingly enough, it is about management and the lack of leadership and their inability to create the environment for team members to grow and accomplish the organization goals together.  Team members in an organization: Fail to cooperate; Have no support from management; Are unwilling to be a part; and Have no delegated authority from management.


How important is Communication in Organizations?

Communication is absolutely critical in any organization to become world class.  It is not just about management giving direction and orders, but leading by example of what they want others to do.  Management must know how to communicate, create an atmosphere for staff to communicate, be able to teach communication, and have a communication plan that is used, works, and is continued with.  Geraldine Kilbride points out that the “lifeblood” of every organization is communications.  She states that seventy-five percent of staff uses their time in interpersonal situations and poor communication is the reason for most organizational problems.


Management & Leadership – Operating Ethically & Social Responsibility

              As we have witnessed over the last few decades, many organizations have paid the penalty by losing money, hurting others, and even ceasing to exist.  Ethics, which is the ability to discern wrong from right, is a necessity in business.  An organization must operate ethically in their finances, practices, human resources, socially, and every other area.  To do this, an organization must have internal and external metrics to audit by so that there are benchmarks to ensure ethical business practice.  Without a proper system of accountability, human nature will yield unethical business practice.

              Ethically and socially responsibility driven organizations benefit more than those that are not – they are better at keeping clients, attracting new clients, obtaining more capital, and recruiting and keeping talented employees.


Leadership Actions

              To enact leadership, results, changes, and an environment in any organization, there must be actions by all involved from the top down. It is not just about saying it, but doing it!  People must see you taking action! If you do not, it is just mere words and hot air.  The next part of this paper outlines some valuable actions you can take in your organization, your business, and your personal life that will bring the type of change you want.


The Steps of Leadership

As you grow your leadership abilities, what are some of the steps you should be aware of?  Below are some insights about leadership and the levels of leadership.

  • The higher you go, the longer it takes.

  • You never leave the base level.

  • Steady plodding brings prosperity.

  • The higher you go the higher level of commitment.

  • The higher you go, the easier it is to lead.

  • The higher you go, the greater the growth.

  • You must know where you are at every moment and step of the (your) way.

  • Each level of leadership is built line upon line, word upon word, and precept upon precept.

  • If you are leading a group of people, you will not be on the same level with everyone.


For your leadership to remain effective, it is essential that you take the other influencers within your team with you to the higher level (Landgraf, Ted).


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