Teams need three things in order to perform well:
- They need to be intentionally designed: They must have clear goals, and include team members with relevant hard and soft skills.
- The team members need to interact well: Teams require training. This training can provide tools and strategies for communication, benchmarking progress, goal setting, delegating tasks, and managing conflict, so that the team can function optimally.
- Teams need some kind of leadership (influence): Leadership in teams may arise informally or formally, internal or external to the team. They may be facilitators, coaches, trusted colleagues, or they may be formally assigned by organizational leadership.
It turns out that the last of these, effective team leadership, carries a lot of weight in this equation. This is because effective leadership can correct problems with the first two elements. Effective team leaders can help refine goals, correct the balance of the team, or work to develop the skills and abilities within the membership. They can also delegate tasks, manage conflict, set benchmarks…the sorts of things that are included in the team leadership effectiveness inventory.
The team leadership effectiveness inventory is comprised of 14 items. Team members rate their leadership on each item. The higher their averaged score, the stronger their talent and business outcomes will be. This makes the inventory a good tool for organizations who want to develop and train their teams, and grow effective leadership within those teams.