By Staff Report
Sep. 16, 2015
Dear People Power:
This sounds like a self-directed work team (SDWT), which is one led by employees. I’ve implemented SDWTs in a number of organizations for more than 10 years. In nearly every instance, the team selected its own leader. There were three main factors that had to be considered in determining whether the team would be allowed to select a leader or one would be appointed for them. The factors were:
Bottom line: We found that allowing a team to select its leader was most effective. It helped them become empowered and reinforced the concepts of self-direction. However, we held a lot of meetings discussing team expectations, which team members set themselves, and role clarifications. Asking a team to lead itself without a full understanding of the responsibilities associated with that was to invite problems.
SOURCE: Alan Landers, president, First Step Training, San Diego, Aug, 21, 2015.
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