Book by Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
Review by Derik Bordon
Organizations often struggle with employees making decisions on their own because either the employee does not have the knowledge or understanding to make informed decisions or leaders don’t trust the employees to make decisions on their own. The lack of knowledge or trust can lead to employees feeling as though they are being micromanaged and leaders feeling as though their workforce is not competent. Instead of the environment where the supervisor tries to get everyone to produce, the environment should be one in which everyone works together, takes the initiative, assumes ownership, is willing to deal with difficult issues, and accepts accountability for the team’s results.
A Team of Leaders helps to address these concerns by providing a framework that leaders can to nurture the leadership potential in their employees and build a self-managed team of employees working toward a common goal, whose members identify, plan, and manage their daily activities and work under limited or no supervision.
How do you build a team of leaders? The authors developed the Five-Stage Team Development Model which identifies the five distinct stages of team development:
To build a team of leaders, you must consider the following key principles discussed in the remainder of the book:
The main takeaway from the book is that building a team of leaders cannot be done overnight. Leaders must be patient and understand that it can years for a team to progress from one stage to the next. Understanding which stage your team is at today can help you develop a strategy for moving your team to the next level.
You can complete the A Team of Leaders Assessment to determine where your team is at in the Five-Stage Team Development Model and receive a free leadership report.
You can also download a free chapter from the book and find other resources by visiting www.ateamofleaders.com.