Organizational Leadership

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Based on my experience working within organizations, each leader in an organization should:

  • be responsible for and accountable for their management of their team
  • know where the organization is going
  • ensure that everyone on their team knows where the organization is going and what the organization i doing
  • know what decisions need to be made, based on input from the organization and their team
  • ensure that all necessary decisions are made, preferably by their team
  • act as a tiebreaker or stand-in when necessary to ensure a decision is made
  • help the people in their team create whatever team and sub-team structures to make them most efective
  • iteratively measure, reflect on and make changes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the team
  • advocate for their team to their leader, their peers, and the rest of the organization
  • bring communications from their leader and their peers back to their team
  • be aware of the personal and professional development of each person on their team
  • help each team member be aware of their personal performance on the team and in the organization
  • help team members improve their
  • ensure that each person on their team has what they need to be productive, successful and happy
  • resolve personal or interpersonal conflicts that keep the team or team members from being productive, successful and happy
  • re-situate or remove team members who continue to have personal or interpersonal conflicts

Leadership should be distributed throughout the organization in a loose hierarchy, and should evolve and change to fit the needs of the people and the organization. The same rules should apply for all leaders, whether the role is fixed or rotating, from the chief executive out to the lead of a two-person team.

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