Working with a team, a manager asked:
Why would a manager or company turn to a team to decide how to complete a task or take a strategic direction rather than having the manager or person who is accountable for leadership do the choosing?
You’ve seen teams succeed and fail. You’ve been a part of teams that were amazing at completing team tasks plus determining strategic direction, and you’ve been on teams that were the opposite.
6 areas where teams are better than individual leaders
- A team’s decisions are more likely to represent the wide range of interests within the company better than an individual leader acting alone.
- There’s a possibility for more creative solutions from a team of people with different skills, knowledge, perspectives, and information than there would be from any individual leader.
- Team members and the people they represent should better understand and be more likely to support company decisions that they have played a role in shaping.
- Communication among senior management should be more efficient and aligned because they meet together, as a team, regularly.
- Managing a company is too large to be accomplished by any one individual leader; a team can spread the work and ensure that important tasks receive adequate attention.
- Serving in a senior management team can provide valuable development and coaching experiences.