Getting the Most from Management Teams

It is common knowledge that good communication is highly essential for effective leadership. A CEO has to understand how to make real conversation with his team members. But, creating a high-performance team is about a lot more than just communicating. Thoughtful CEOs realize the fact that the key contributor to the overall effectiveness of the team is the team process and the right structure. Team process involves aspects such as how the team works together, its decision-making patterns, how it manages conflict, and how effective the team is in responding to changes in the environment. The structure includes the composition of the team, the definition of roles, decision rights, and rewards that shape individual behavior in a team context.
There is yet another important step every CEO needs to take. A CEO must analyze as to what he/she is good at when it comes to leading his/her team. What a CEO cannot do, he/she should get it done through others. For instance, a CEO who is not efficient in communication may seek outside help for the same. After all, a CEO is not promoted to such a position because he/she is an excellent coach, but due to other qualities such as achieving the desired business results, understanding external markets, being aggressive in introducing new products or expanding into new geographies.
Seeking help from others may mean seeking help from consultants, may it be an external or internal consultant, but someone outside the team. Somebody who is not on the team is a great aid in making the team perform better because they have no stake in the content of any of the discussions and hence can view things from an impartial perspective.
This article can mainly be related to the various steps involved in effective team building. These steps can be summarized as follows: Ensure the team goals are totally clear and completely understood by each team member. Ensure clarity in who is responsible for what and avoid overlapping authority. Build trust with team members by creating an atmosphere of honesty and openness. Recognize interpersonal issues early and deal with it in full. Ensure there are no blocked lines of communications and you and your people are kept fully informed. Involve the whole team in the decision making the process. Not limit one to merely negative or positive aspects. practice fairness.