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SELF-ASSESSMENT LIBRARY 3.0
Edited by Stephen P. Robbins
Working With Others.

Leadership and Team Skills

34. HOW GOOD AM I AT BUILDING AND LEADING A TEAM?
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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