Developing effective leaders requires helping persons to learn to make or facilitate great decisions. Here the leader has a choice: to make many/all the decisions, or to develop employees to make appropriate decisions for the organization.
Many years ago, I began to see the many benefits of collaboration as my clients developed their leaders and teams. At one point I was introduced to the Thomas Kilmann model used to help people identify their tendencies in handling conflict. The model includes five behavior/strategy options which I have come to adopt as a simple standard for leadership and employee behavior options: avoiding, accommodating, compromising, competing, and collaborating. Details link.
- Avoiders don't really want to help and have few good ideas. They often say "I really can’t' help now, sorry". Nothing gets done. Risk-phobia at work.
- Accommodators are just in it for the fun of being together with others. When it's time to make a decision they say " Whatever you say, I’m just glad to help in any way.” Driven by a need for social affirmation. “I just want to be liked….”
- The Compromisers haven't learned to expect more. They settle for half a good decision and half the buy-in that might be developed. Their motto is "I can live with that." A lazy stopping point.
- The Compete-rs would rather do all this themselves. Their mantra is "My way or the highway", “Stop signs are for other people”. Compete-rs often have good ideas but when the ideas are railroaded through teams, the lack of support or resistance minimizes or eliminates the benefits.
- The Collaborators are all about learning better ways to get things done with groups. With these folks, when they have two options, they've learned the best is always the third. Collaborating is all about generating better decisions that more people support. Collaborating is a key business communication strategy to both improve and innovate.
Can your organization’s teams make good decisions while building buy in, deliberately? Or do you put up with the avoiders, the accommodators, the competers, and even the compromisers? Please consider meeting to discuss the many benefits of this approach to collaboration.
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Independent trainer and meeting facilitator John Canfield helps clients build high performance business teams. Find out more about he can help your company or organization at http://www.johncanfield.com and www.goodthinkingseries.com. Call or write 616-283-5588 | firstname.lastname@example.org