“Teams should continue to perform without the leader”. This may seem excessive, but organizations need proactive teams instead of those acting under the only-one-leader schema. I would even say that we will not be able to build an efficient organization if teams always refer to the management to act.
At first, it may seem the right way (or the easy one) to be the guy who has the right vision and give all the directions to the team. It works. But in this model, what about team engagement, what about autonomy, what about responsibility, and what about resilience? Is the team able to continue to deliver good result without the leader?
Getting empowered teams may bring a lot of benefits once we created the right ground for them to fully take their role:
- Many qualified leaders close to the operations who know the actions to take in their domain
- A higher sense of Teamwork
- Improved employee morale and commitment to the mission
- An increase in productivity and quality of the work done
- A sense of responsibility
- A way to achieve excellence by having many leaders
With such teams, we can feel a sense of uselessness or imposture once the organization in place and people fully responsible. But for sure it’s not. You continuously need to feed this empowerment, define the objectives and expectations, and of course, control of the work done is still an important part of your day to day. You are always accountable for your teams’ delivery.