I love working in a team, but oh boy isn't it challenging! Let's face it, a team is made up of people - different individuals, each with their own strengths and hmm...baggage which most times they forget to leave outside the office door.
Being part of a team is different to leading a team. As team member, you can just wait to be told what to do and do it (or not). But as the team leader, your job can sometimes feel like dragging a horse to the river and then you have to force it to drink!
So, I got a great job a few weeks ago. It was my dream job, as an accountant, I realized over the course of my twenty something year career that I was not a number cruncher. I would rather have some one else do the crunching and I make a sense of the crunches. This job had little crunching but lots of sense making. Okay, in lay man's language my role is to support others to do their job well.
I have inherited a team of eight - except two that I recruited. Each member of the team is totally different to the others. Within the team are two sub teams which was merged into one. One set whom I would name sub team A, have been a team before - working together for about a year with the exception of one new member. The other set Sub team B, shared the same role title but worked independently and have different work ethics.
Two now become one but not yet One. As a leader, my challenge starts now - building this team to become a group of individuals that work effectively together and become a high performance team.
Join me as I share my real life leadership experiences!
Team Leader X