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Unit 19 Developing teams in business

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- Make decisions, give instructions and expect them to be carried out without question.

- Seek the views if the team members before making the decisions.
1.1 Leadership styles and key features
Topics and
Grading criteria
What is leadership?

1- Leadership
1- Leadership
1.1 Leadership styles
1.2 Impact of styles on team performance
1.3 Adapting styles to situation
1.4 identifying own style
2- Leadership skills (next lesson)

P3 Define the attributes and skills needed by a team leader

1.2 Impact of styles on team performance
1.3 Adapting leadership styles to stiuation
Leadership style may be dependent on various factors:
Risk -
decision making and change initiatives based on degree of risk involved
Type of business –
creative business or supply driven?
How important change is –
change for change’s sake?
Organisational culture –
may be long embedded and difficult to change
Nature of the task –
needing cooperation? Direction? Structure?

1.3 Adapting leadership styles to situation
Unit 19 Developing teams in business
Learning outcome 3 Understand leadership attributes and skills

Bill Gates
: “As we look ahead into the next
century, leaders will be those who
empower others.”

This definition includes “others” and
empowerment is a good thing.
But to what end? I’ve seen many
empowered “others” in my life, from rioting hooligans to Google workers who were so misaligned with the rest of the company
they found themselves unemployed. Gates’ definition lacks the parts about goal or

1- Leadership definitions?
1- Leadership definitions?
Peter Drucker
: “The only definition of a leader
is someone who has followers.”

Really? This instance of tautology is so simplistic as to be dangerous. A new Army Captain is put in the command of 200 soldiers. He never leaves his room, or utters a word to the men and women in his unit. Perhaps routine orders are given through a subordinate.

By default his troops have to “follow” orders.
Is the Captain really a leader? Commander yes, leader no.
Drucker is of course a brilliant thinker of modern business but his definition of leader is too simple.

1- Leadership definitions
So what is leadership?
Leadership is a process of
social influence, which
maximizes the efforts

of others, towards the
achievement of a goal.

Notice key elements of this definition:

• Leadership
stems from social influence
, not authority or power

• Leadership
requires others
, and that implies
they don’t need to be “direct reports”

• No mention of
personality traits, attributes, or
even a title
; there are many styles, many paths, to effective leadership

• It includes
a goal
, not influence with no
intended outcome

- Leaders give their team members a lot of freedom in how they do their work, and how they set their deadlines. They provide support with resources and advice if needed, but otherwise they don't get involved. This autonomy can lead to high job satisfaction, but it can be damaging if team members don't manage their time well, or if they don't have the knowledge, skills, or self motivation to do their work effectively.

- Take problems to the team,
exchange view and accept the majority decisions
1.1 Leadership styles and key features
Kurt Lewin - famous psychologist who studied
the relationship between a person's thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and the society
around them.

The leadership task
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