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Assembling A Leadership Team

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While we like to think of leadership as one man or women having an impact, today's reality is that a single leader, to be successful, must be able to surround him or herself with other people who can also lead. The leadership challenge is simply too large for any one person.

That's why building a leadership team is so important. There's another reason. Effective leaders develop people around them who speak openly and honestly, provide expertise the leader lacks, and provide soundboards and critiques of the leader's ideas.

Some Leadership Development Principles To Keep In Mind

  • Your ability to build the skills of those that report to you will have a direct impact on your effective use of time. The more you tend to the managers, leaders, and supervisors that report to you, the less time you need to spend micromanaging THEIR problems
  • A leadership team is more than the sum of its parts. You can have a team that has very skilled individuals who simply do not function well as a team. For that reason you need to influence the group dynamics of your team by guiding, and modeling the behaviors you want.
  • It's easy to think of those that report to you as "managers", people who handle the nuts and bolts for you, but it's better to consider all of them as potential leaders, too.
  • While developing a leadership team may be part of a succession planning process, even if it's not, help your reports understand YOUR job. In fact teach them the realities of your top leadership position, what frustrates you, and how you handle difficulties. This is one of the best ways to build both individual leadership skills, and a leadership team.

Some leadership experts have gone so far as to say that one of the major functions of a leader is to CREATE MORE LEADERS.


In this section, we've provided some material relevant to the development of leadership teams.

Techniques, Advice On Building Effective Leadership And Management Teams

  • Best Principles Before Best Practices By Ray Blunt
    In an effort stop re-inventing the wheel, many leaders look to other organizations to learn how they are developing their own leaders. Learn how this practice of emulating others' best practices can lead to unexpected and unwanted results. (Added: 6-Feb-2007 Hits: 1989 )
  • Build Your Leadership Team By na
    As leaders progress into bigger assignments, the scope of their work grows to include more people and a larger role in the corporate mission. As the job gets bigger the need for help becomes more apparent. At some point all leaders reach this defining point. The most effective build strong skilled leadership teams to help them carry the load, creating space to move into the essential culture and team building work of senior leadership. Others press on trying to do it all by themselves, they never become effective in the senior role. The ability to build an effective leadership team is a prerequisite to corporate growth and success as a senior leader. Here are five factors to think about as you consider the development of your leadership team, they apply whether you are leading one supervisor or many leaders as a president or vice president. (Added: 4-Sep-2012 Hits: 1148 )
  • Building A Capable Emergency Management Team By Jim Burtles
    Perhaps the single most important factor in determining the long-term success of an enterprise during a crisis is the performance of the emergency management team. Jim Burtles explains how to go about building an excellent EMT. (Added: 19-Mar-2007 Hits: 1936 )
  • Building a Leadership Team - Part 1 Mission By Michael Schutzler
    Part I: Agreement on the mission I have seen many leaders use the Moses Model to building a mission statement. They go off on a retreat or vacation or a hot shower, have an inspired moment there, and then come back to their teams proclaiming the answer. They proceed to sell that mission to their teams - and since they are the boss, declaring their answer with passion and personal force, constructive debate vanishes. (Added: 14-Jan-2010 Hits: 1361 )
  • Building a Leadership Team - Part 3 Balance By Michael Schutzler
    A typical leadership team has between 5 and 10 members. Too few, and the power is too weak. Too many and discussion becomes unwieldy. Because the challenges faced by even small organizations today are technically complex and often global, the best leadership teams include a rich diversity of human beings. Diversity means men and women. At least a 70-30 split on gender and if you can get there, then 50-50. Diversity today means having more than two ethnic backgrounds represented. Also important, you will need at least three substantively different sets of professional experience on the team to help avoid re-learning lessons. Finally, diversity means you will need a balance of learning styles to ensure that you don't have too many left-brains or too many right-brains. (Added: 14-Jan-2010 Hits: 1146 )
  • Building a strong leadership team By Dominique Jones
    Focus on open communication is the critical point here in this article on putting together a leadership team, based on recent survey data. Concludes with three tips. (Added: 30-Nov-2015 Hits: 1004 )
  • Leaders Who Lead Leaders By Kenneth A. Tucker
    The manner in which senior leaders lead the leaders who report to them has a tremendous impact on organizational effectiveness and innovation. All too often, senior leaders punish their direct reports for making mistakes or try to control their areas of responsibility. (Added: 6-Feb-2007 Hits: 1556 )
  • Leadership Teams: Why Two Are Better Than One By David K. Williams and Mary Michelle Scott
    The concept of "two-in-a-box" leadership has been examined extensively over the past few years. One of the most thorough discussions is in the HBR article The Leadership Team: Complementary Strengths or Conflicting Agendas. CEO/COO teams or "Office of the President" arrangements can offer great strengths, but may also introduce some sizeable risks, as Stephen A. Miles and Michael D. Watkins conclude. In our own company, Fishbowl, we took the approach to a new level 2 years ago. We create leadership teams not only for our top jobs, but for every management position in the company. (Added: 4-Sep-2012 Hits: 897 )
  • Mobilising Crisis Teams By Paul Gant and Malcolm Hafner
    Learn how to best assemble your crisis teams during a crisis. (Added: 19-Mar-2007 Hits: 1602 )
  • RESEARCH: Authentic leadership: A review of the literature and research agenda By Kelly Davis McCauley
    Believe it or not there IS research on authentic leadership, although it's a bit hard to fathom how they can do scientific research on this topic, and do it properly. Here's a review of that research with suggestions on what is left to examine. Recommended for people who want a little more than personal opinions on this topic. (Added: 11-Jul-2016 Hits: 654 )
  • The Five Teams Every Organization Needs By Susan M. Heathfield
    Every organization needs a leadership team. Find out about the other five teams required for an organization. Learn how a leadership team can interact with the other four teams to develop your organizations potential. (Added: 14-Feb-2007 Hits: 1929 )

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