Leading with RESPECT
Teams of all types have the best chance to become SuperTeams when their leaders understand the critical importance of RESPECT. This includes the following elements:
*Recognition: Making sure that people are recognized individually and appropriately for their contributions.
*Empowerment: Giving team members the autonomy and decision-mak ing authority they need to get things done.
*Supportive feedback: Providing prompt, actionable feedback on a routine basis.
*Partnering: Acting as an ally and advocate for team members.
*Expectations: Ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and equitable.
*Consideration: Recognizing that team members are human and need understanding and thoughtfulness.
*Trust: Demonstrating confidence in team members by trusting them with important tasks.
Respecting the Rules
Knowing, respecting, and following the rules established by an organization and a team are essential to predictability, which creates stability and a sense of safety. In theory, rules should be written when an organization is formed; in practice, it often falls to teams to develop their own rules as expressions of their sacred principles, or core values that they either live by or aspire to.
The most important rules relate to meetings, which often waste time and resources. For example, teams benefit from requiring meeting participants to arrive on time, refrain from using smartphones, read agendas in advance, and keep to a schedule.