Prentice Hall’s
Edited by Stephen P. Robbins
Working With Others.

Leadership and Team Skills

Use the following rating scale to respond to the 18 questions on building and leading an effective team:

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  1. I am knowledgeable about the different stages of development that teams can go through in their life cycles.

  2. When a team forms, I make certain that all team members are introduced to one another at the outset.

  3. When the team first comes together, I provide directions, answer team members' questions, and clarify goals, expectations, and procedures.

  4. I help team members establish a foundation of trust among one another and between themselves and me.

  5. I ensure that standards of excellence, not mediocrity or mere acceptability, characterize the team's work.

  6. I provide a great deal of feedback to team members regarding their performance.

  7. I encourage team members to balance individual autonomy with interdependence among other team members.

  8. I help team members become at least as committed to the success of the team as to their own personal success.

  9. I help members learn to play roles that assist the team in accomplishing its tasks as well as building strong interpersonal relationships.

  10. I articulate a clear, exciting, passionate vision of what the team can achieve.

  11. I help team members become committed to the team vision.

  12. I encourage a win/win philosophy in the team; that is, when one member wins, every member wins.

  13. I help the team avoid "groupthink" or making the group's survival more important than accomplishing its goal.

  14. I use formal process management procedures to help the group become faster, more efficient, and more productive, and to prevent errors.

  15. I encourage team members to represent the team's vision, goals, and accomplishments to outsiders.

  16. I diagnose and capitalize on the team's core competence.

  17. I encourage the team to achieve dramatic breakthrough innovations as well as small continuous improvements.

  18. I help the team work toward preventing mistakes, not just correcting them after the fact.

Source: Adapted from D.A. Whetten and K.S. Cameron, Developing Management Skills, 3rd ed. (New York: HarperCollins, 1995), pp. 534-35.


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