Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox
Is leadership superfluous in a self-managing team? Aren't self-managing teams supposed to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient? Associate Professor Paul Tesluk, writing for INSEAD Knowledge, wants to correct this misconception in a short article with supporting video clip.
Image: Robotic soccer competition from www.lsa.isep.ipp.pt
Tesluk discusses how members of these teams can operate without having to be micro managed:
"They didn't need, and it was actually counterproductive to have a supervisor tell them how to go about doing things like figure out 'how do we handle customer calls as they came in and develop some kind of call queuing strategy. Or how do we manage our parts expense budgets in the most effective way? Or how do we go over performance data to figure out how can we improve as a team?' They were able to do that themselves,"
For further reading on Self Managing Teams
Thanks to Fabien Benetou (alias Utopiah) for recommending this article to me.
Bioteams Books Reviews
In his unique book Dialogue and the art of thinking together William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams.