How many of you were hired in an upper management or leadership position and allowed to assemble “your” TEAM? A high functioning TEAM working together as a cohesive unit guiding the organization toward goals! Some leaders have to “make do” with in inherited team. If given the chance to assemble a TEAM, how would you go about it? What process would be used? What criteria would be used to determine needs?
The first step is knowing yourself. Knowing your leadership strengths/weaknesses will help you determine the needs of the TEAM. I wouldn’t want a TEAM just like me!! How successful would that be? I am a confident leader but have learned I can’t do it all myself. Nor can I bring all leadership qualities to the table. There are numerous self-assessments out there to help determine your leadership strengths and weakness. After knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, make a list of the leadership qualities needed to “balance” the TEAM.
Also consider leadership qualities required to positively interact with stakeholders. Your constituents might require a certain type of leader or leadership style. If this is not known, find out! Network with others who know or conduct a survey. All you have to do is ask!
The most important point is knowing your vision for the organization. Without vision, there is no leadership! I can’t stress this enough. For those of you that play golf, here is an analogy for vision. Before hitting a shot, pro golfers stand behind the ball as part of a pre-shot routine. While standing behind the ball and looking down the fairway, the golfer visualizes the flight of the ball. The flight the ball will take after hitting the ball. Leaders are always looking ahead making sure all decisions and actions support the vision.
Once a 360 degree analysis is completed including your vision, your leadership strengths/weaknesses, organizational needs and stakeholders traits, you are now ready to start the search. This might seem like a lot but it really isn’t. Effective leaders already know all this.
If I were selecting my TEAM, I would require most if not all the following qualities:
*Integrity *Empathy *Passionate *Honest *Motivated *Problem Solver *Self-Learner *Empower Others *Responsible *Effective Communicator *Goal Oriented