Leading a team can be one of the most challenging and rewarding roles you can have in your career and, depending on where your team is at, will demand a whole of range of skill sets from you if you want to unlock the power of your team.
The business dictionary describes the true definition of a team as: “A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment create synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.” It is this idea of mutuality, where something is shared and […]
We all know that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole thanks to Aristotle. But there might be some things about teams that you didn’t know. These secrets could surprise, delight and remind you of the power of your team and its untapped potential.
Emotional intelligence is defined by Goleman as the “capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships”. It is not Intellectual Intelligence (IQ), but is complementary to it.
People with high IQ don’t necessarily have high EQ and vice versa. The most significant difference is that EQ can be developed and tends to continue to develop until after retirement – whereas IQ typically peaks around 17 years old.
Richard Branson is famously quoted as saying “
As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, a great motivator, be very good at praising and bringing out the best in people.”
Based on our experience working with teams we have developed A team dynamic model. As you can see, each of the four quadrants represents a different team dynamic. Ideally, you’ll move towards the top-right, to the “collaborative high performing” team, with high clarity and high connection. But you might not be there yet, so let’s examine the other quadrants first.
How team dynamics affect performance.
What does it mean to get the best out of your team? In our view, it’s about unleashing the power of your team to achieve greater performance in a way that is sustainable, efficient and engaging.
What does a great team look like? That’s a question Google set out to explore recently as part of a project nick-named ‘Aristotle’ which was actually a tribute to his famous quote: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” And that’s exactly what they found when it comes to teams!