After meeting the competent members of my Mike’s bike team, I am certain that a great semester awaits, the reason behind this is that after our brief introduction, i discovered that we share a common purpose and is willing and able to live up to the expectation set upon them.However i was concerned with one particular issue, and that is I can not be certain about the right amount of influence that a CEO should exert upon the team.
As a CEO who did not had any managing experience in the past, i could already feel the responsibility and expectation from team. Although the readings this week did not have too much information about notion of leadership in the team, the themes and the notions introduced in the readings clearly showed the author’s position on the idea of leadership. For example, the two most important factors that really stood out for me in the first reading (Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. 1992) were commitment to common purpose and mutual accountability. Those two factors were the two most important characteristic of an high performance team, which makes the distinctive difference between a group and a team.
These two factors all emphasize one common theme, putting team above individuals. Therefore i think the role of a leader in a team like this would be to shape the common purpose for the team and establish mutual accountability throughout the team, rather than diminishing the existence of a team member by doing his or her work. The best example i could think of would be the conductor in a orchestra group. Rather than knowing every single instrument, a conductor leads and guides his symphony members. A team contract would be helpful because it not only sets the expectation for one and another they also helps to shape the mutual accountability within the team.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.