Leading Teams practice what they preach, says Leading Team Partner/Facilitator Tim Ferguson. Operating under an innovative business structure which places strong team dynamics and clear organisational purpose at its core, Leading Teams helps to establish this structure in other organisations across the nation in a bid to develop high performing teams.
Each year, Leading Teams asks the entire workforce to openly vote to elect their Leadership Team. Leadership must have shown the key agreed behaviours that their culture is based on, such as being accountable, showing initiative, listening to feedback, collaborating and genuinely caring for others.
This model was developed after Leading Teams founder Ray McLean witnessed how levels of performance varied among teams who had received the same training during his time at the Royal Australian Air Force. He realised the differences came from the nature of the relationships and the communication between the members.
Fundamentals such as support, trust and an ability to contribute are emphasised in the approach Leading Teams both operates internally and facilitates with their clients. Leading Teams has gone on to implement their system and create high performing teams in a range of industries from the AFL to major multinationals. The model ensures the onus is placed on team members to not only be responsible for their own workplace culture but to continuously add value.
“You can behave your way into a Leadership Team but you can always behave your way out of one,” said Mr Ferguson.
“We pride ourselves in taking the time to invest in our relationships so we can easily have the conversations that sometimes need to be had – whether it’s addressing counter-productive behaviour or aligning team members’ goals with the organisation’s purpose. Being able to have the conversations and move forward allows the team to constantly improve.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Our research shows if there is not a relationship of trust between leaders and their teams, then any attempt at fostering meaning will likely be unsuccessful. (Delivering Purpose and Meaning)