Unit 19: Developing Teams in Business
In this assignment I will be discussing our snack group, how well we worked as a team and how team working is very important. Teamwork is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as "a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group." This does not mean that the individual is not important anymore, but, it does mean that effective and efficient teamwork goes beyond individual accomplishments. The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved put their ideas together to work towards a common goal. Our team leader in our snack group was Natasha Rees, in my opinion she was a very good leader. Firstly, communication is very important when working in a team, Natasha did that very well, and she asked everyone what they would like to do and took their ideas in and asked them if they would like to do any certain tasks and what she felt would be their strong points. Throughout the whole assignment she would help everyone with what they needed to do or if the were stuck. Also, as it came towards the deadline of the assignment, some of the members of the team hadn’t finished their work, so Natasha took the work into her own hands as the other members weren’t in to do the work and she did it herself to make sure that the team would pass the assignment. She was a very consistent, fair and understanding team leader. Being a team leader is a difficult job, it requires confidence, determination to do what ever you can for the team, understanding and to make sure that everyone is happy to work towards one goal. But, there are many other aspects of being a good leader. Firstly, communication is one of the most important, because having good communication skills, you are able to give your team members good feedback and speak to them about anything you want, this will also be helpful when providing and receiving feedback and setting objectives, as you will be communicating with your team members about how well you are doing and how well they are doing and by speaking to your team members about what objectives they must complete. Planning is another aspect of being a good leader, because with a plan you can sometimes get things done quicker as you know exactly what you have to do, you just have to put yourself to the task of doing it. So far I feel the Natasha had all of these aspects when being the team leader. Next, teaming building is a huge part of a team coming together and knowing each other well enough so that they can work closely. Leading by example is the next skill of being a team leader, this is when you take things into your own hands and show the other members of the team how to do everything correctly and when your get on with your work how you are supposed to, in my opinion I feel that Natasha was very good at leading by example. Motivating your team is a very difficult skill to have when being a team leader, but it is very vital, as without motivation your team members might not feel any need to do the task that has been set for them. Consulting is also another skill that is very important, as being able to go to your team when you have a problem is very important as the leader cannot always make the decisions on their own, therefore going to consult with team member about what to do is very important. Also, monitoring is very important as a team leader as you want to know how well you are doing, to make sure that you speak to every member of the team to make sure that they are doing everything correctly. Preventing a resolving conflict is very important, as conflict within the team can easily bring the teams moral down, therefore as the team leader you must try and resolve the conflict and try and make sure nothing is damaged in terms of the team and the work. Finally, adapting leadership style according to situation, this is very tricky to...
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