In Australia, we have had a recent change of Prime Minister. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on what we can learn from these events in terms of having effective teams.
1. People want to be included in decisions that will affect them. The mining industry is just one example. The new PM, Julia Gillard, has recognised this, saying “I seek to work inclusively. I seek to bounce ideas around. I seek to get peoples’ views.”
2. It’s important to have a strong leader but risky to invest too heavily in believing their success will be the same as the team’s success.
3. Individual communication skills, behavioural traits and personal style are always going to be important for the collective success of the team because they will influence outsiders’ perception of the team.
4. When it’s time to make a change, acting quickly and decisively will allow you to get on with the task at hand without the distraction of uncertainty and rumours.
Perhaps you have some examples of your own? Please share your insights by adding a comment below.
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