Walden University Team Leader

5 days ago

Sandra Porter

RE: Discussion – Week 10

COLLAPSE

Hello All,

Post a description of team leadership and its characteristics.

Team leaders naturally possess certain qualities, such as compassion and integrity, or learn leadership skills through formal training and experience (Scott, 2019). The qualities of an effective team leader inspire the trust and respect of the team and stimulate production within the workplace. Effective team success is generated from many key features (Zaccaro & Klimoski, 2002). Team leaders need to implement their individual acts effectively. They have different and special tasks, in which each role’s performance leads to group achievement. This suggests that the reasons of team failure can remain not just in the incapacity of participants but also in their collective inability to organize and integrate their individual contributions. Indeed, we will suggest that successful leadership mechanisms are perhaps the most important factor in organizational team effectiveness (Nygren & Levine, 1996).

Then, describe two challenges teams may face when leading an organization.

Two challenges teams may face when leading an organization is viewpoints and cultural beliefs. For example, you may have someone who is working on your team at a hospital but there is a teenage Jewish boy who needs a blood transfusion, his parents are against it but medical ethics will supply the needs for the boy; there may be another Jew team member who is also against it. A difference in opinions when making decisions regarding the organization can become an issue for both the leadership team and the organization. Agreeing with a team that has differences in opinions is difficult and the best way to handle it is agreeing to disagree or going with the majority of the group. Having cultural differences can be a good and bad trait. The bad side of the trait may cause the group to not get along due to the difference in backgrounds, which makes it hard to make appropriate decisions.

Finally, explain whether team leadership is an effective approach. Justify your response.

Team leadership an effective approach due to the amount of opinions that have to go into the decision of an organization. Although that may be considered an ineffective approach, having multiple ideas to solve a problem that the organization faces can be beneficial. Having different leadership members giving their creative ideas and putting them together is better than having one leader making all of the decisions.

References

Nygren, R., & Levine, E. L. (1996). Leadership of work teams: Factors influencing team outcomes. Elsevier Science/JAI Press.

Scott, S. (2019, January 29). The 10 Effective Qualities of a Team Leader. Small Business – Chron.com. https://smallbusiness.chron.com/10-effective-qualities-team-leader-23281.html.

Zaccaro, S. J., & Klimoski, R. (2002). The interface of leadership and team processes.

4 days ago

Beatrice Mbaocha

RE: Discussion – Week 10

COLLAPSE

A description of team leadership and its characteristics.

Team leadership is described as leaders who facilitate and coordinate the activities of people in a team or group. Nahavandi (2014) described team leaders as coaches or facilitators who coordinate and integrate team members’ actions and functions to achieve desired team goals and quality outcomes. Anonson et al. (2019) infer that effective team leadership inspires vision and action that fosters team dynamism. Also, other characteristics of team leadership include but are not limited to the ability of leaders to coordinate, collaborate, delegate, motivate, influence, and set clear visions and communicate goals and expectations to team members (Anonson et al., (2019). Moreover, Nahvanda (2014) asserts that the leader’s expertise and performance contribute to the effectiveness of a team.

Then, describe two challenges teams may face when leading an organization

The two challenges teams may face when leading an organization are lack of cooperation and positive influence. Nahvanda (2014) denotes that building an effective team is a time-consuming process that requires appropriate interpersonal, team-building skills and a cooperative environment that can allow team members to learn and make mistakes without being ridiculed. For instance, it may take a longer time to accomplish a project if there is a lack of trust among team members or members are not really team players. Also, team members with a negative attitude can influence the performance of other team members. Nahvanda (2014) asserts that the negative attitude of one group member can quickly spread and damage the cohesion, effectiveness, or even lead to unethical behavior of other group members.

Finally, explain whether team leadership is an effective approach. Justify your response.

Team leadership could be an effective approach if there is appropriate coordination and collaboration that translates to achieving the desired goal (Coleman et al., 2021). The same study describes team effectiveness as the ability to accomplish required tasks and maintain team cohesiveness. For instance, students perform better as a team when they work as a coherent group, each person contributing ideas and opinions towards the successful accomplishment of a set goal.

References.

Anonson, J. M. S., Ferguson, L., Macdonald, M. B., Murray, B. L., Fowler-Kerry, S., & Bally, J. M. G. (2009). The anatomy of interprofessional leadership: An investigation of leadership behaviors in team-based health care. Journal of Leadership Studies, 3(3), 17–25. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1002/jls.20120

Coleman, B. M., Orsini, J., Bunch, J. C., & Greenhaw, L. L. (2021). Students’ Application of Team Leadership Skills in an Undergraduate Agricultural Leadership Course When Learning Experientially. Journal of Leadership Education, 20(2), 28–42. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.12806/V20/I2/R3

Nahavandi, A. (2014). The art and science of leadership (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

4 days ago

Shannon Grossi

RE: Discussion – Week 10

COLLAPSE

Team Leadership

Team leadership is a leadership modality which focuses on the interpersonal connections between leaders. Within a team, individual competency contributes to team competency and lack of professional competency can breed lack of mutual respect and trust among members of the team (Anonson et al., 2009). Competence among team members is a currency of “knowledge, skill, experience, performance, reliability, and credibility” and within the interprofessional team experience, each member-leader demonstrates leader competency (Anonson et al., 2009). Anonson et al. (2009) determined competencies of interprofessional practice in leadership to be: knowledge of one’s own profession, communication, negotiation for conflict resolution, knowledge of other’s professions and teamwork.

Teams are demonstrative complex, adaptive, and dynamic systems which exist as they perform across a dimension of time (Ilgen et al. 2005). Teams and individual members of teams cycle and recycle amongst themselves and amongst one another (Ilgen et al., 2005). Interactions among team members and among teams change in context as these interactions change the teams and team members in complex and meaningful ways which cannot be simplistically describes in variation of cause and effect (Ilgen et al., 2005). Dynamic causal interactions in leadership describing teams, local, global, and contextual, are examples of team theoretical models (Ilgen et al., 2005).

Challenges to Teams in an Organization

Within the team environment, challenges arise and can stifle the success within the team or of the overall team. Building and cultivating trust is imperative, but can challenge a team. Trust within the team is based on the team members’ belief that they can be affective and accomplish their tasks (Ilgen et al., 2005). Trust has been defined within teams as potency, team confidence, group efficacy, and collective efficacy (Ilgen et al., 2005). Another challenge which arises with team leadership is planning. The effective plan of behavioral action for a team permits the team to strategize how to accomplish a mission (Ilgen et al., 2005). Effective team planning includes gathering information and analyzing information to arrive at the desired mission (Ilgen et al., 2005). Group voice, the extent to which individuals are willing to speak up within their team, contributes to planning and successful team strategy (Ilgen et al., 2005).

Team leadership is an effective approach to leadership as these leaders coordinate activities, integrate actions, and manage contributions (Navahandi, 2015). Team leaders are focused on specific goals, but find routes to manage resources and implement solutions (Nahavandi, 2015). Teams, specifically, require specialized support and interventions to achieve synergy of achievement (Nahavandi, 2015).




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