Striking the right balance

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We came across a framework a little while back that we felt helped managers go about building the “BEST” team. Put simply: B = balance – look at individual team styles to determine how the individuals preferred to contribute in their team. E = engage – look at the individuals talents and strengths, but also why they seek to make different contributions. S = share the goal T = trust them, let go. There are also ongoing leadership behaviours that seek to strike a right balance between care and commerciality. (Blake & Mouton’s 3P’s model) Our recent article on “engage your brain” gives some insight into how a leader might begin to work with these principles :

  1. Informed free choice ……….. people are kept informed and encouraged to influence outcomes that affect them.
  2. Active participation ……………this is the key to gaining engagement, commitment and creativity. High productivity with high morale
  3. Mutual trust ……………………..confidence is based on demonstrated competence by both leader and individual
  4. Open communication ………..an open expression of thoughts and feelings is promoted
  5. Goals and objectives ………….understanding and agreement with goals and objectives provides the basis for co-operation
  6. Conflict resolution …………….when conflict arises, differences are confronted and resolved
  7. Personal responsibility ………each person is responsible for their own activities as well as sharing responsibility for team effort
  8. Feedback …………………………feedback is used to learn from experience why actions are effective or ineffective and to learn from them
  9. Work activities …………………engaging in complex work activities or a variety of work activities is more conducive to effective performance

Leadership needs a balanced approach at all times.

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