George Rome Borden Leadership, Management and Teams

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George Rome Borden Leadership, Management and Teams

  1. 1. Some Thoughts About Leadership Ernest Shackleton leaves Elephant Island on the James Caird with five other members of the expedition. The above image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 LicenseCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  2. 2. Leadership: Guiding Principles ● Lead through vision not authority ● Always tell the truth ● Delegate what you know ● Everything you do is in service to others ● Create an environment of autonomy, Abraham Lincoln The above image is licensed mastery and purpose under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 LicenseCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  3. 3. Leadership: What is it? ● All things change ● Guide people to change such that objectives can be acheived ● Communication ○ Say exactly what you mean ○ Strength and Warmth ● Confidence ○ Fluidity of motion ○ Posture, Smile ● Influence in the informal organization Martin Luther King, Jr. The above image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 LicenseCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  4. 4. Leadership: Create a Team from a Group ● Understand that nearly everyone wants to be part of a team ● Start with one to one meetings with your staff and ask: ○ Why do you want to be in a team? ○ What team activities/things do you Whalers vs. Spirit want? The above image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike ○ What do you see as the benefits of a 2.0 License team? ○ The replies are bound to have commonalities. These provide tools to create team activitiesCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  5. 5. Leadership: Create a Team from a Group ● Get team members to rely on themselves and each other ○ Avoid using authority ○ Ask don’t tell ○ Create connections between team members ○ Many leaders think their job is to tell people what to do. The real work is to know what you think is best, avoid telling people what you think and inspire them to come up with better ideas than yoursCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  6. 6. Leadership: Create a Team from a Group ● Create trust through work by creating situations where trust can be earned and given ● Cross populate projects ○ Team needs to trust each other to complete their tasks on the co-project ○ Knowledge of the project is less concentrated and therefore less risk ● Allow teams to self select tasks. This way they will see that they can trust each other ● When someone is selected to perform a task, explicitly ask the team whether or not they trust the person for the activity ● Ahead of time you should already know what you think. This becomes a reference frame for active listening to the teamCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  7. 7. Leadership: Reaching Peak Performance ● Why do you want peak performance from your team? ○ A good team nearly manages itself, which leaves time for you to focus on other activities ○ A self-managing team makes it possible for you to provide guidance ○ Once you have a team, can you guide the team such that the whole adds up to more than the peak performance of the individual members? ○ Reward team efforts. Ask of each person, what they can do to improve the teamCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden
  8. 8. Leadership: Learning ● Find and keep a mentor ● Get in the game ● Read science on human behavior ● Steer yourself toward success L–R: Neta Snook and Amelia Earhart The above image is licensed under Creative CommonsCopyright © 2009 George Rome Borden Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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