Have you ever experienced a self-managed team? If so, describe it. If not, why do you think your organization has not embraced self-managed teams?
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The concept of a self-managed team is an idea that industrial organizations have embraced to make employees feel a sense of ownership and to increase cohesiveness among them. However, this concept is not favorable, where there is a need for quick decision making. Also, for this concept to work, it requires trust between the management and the team. Due to these reasons some industrial organizations feel the need to use the team leadership approach effective goals accomplishment, for example my organization.
Firstly, team leadership is effective in resolving team conflicts. For example, in the self-managed team, where certain team members favor some ideas and ignore others, this may create conflict. According to Kouzes and Posner (2012, p23), recognition and giving of positive feedback by team leaders make the team members feel cared for and thus bringing togetherness. Also, the team members are free to share their concerns as they feel there is a person to listen to their ideas and appreciate them.
Secondly, team leadership gives direction towards a common goal, an opportunity for others to act, and gives confidence when taking risks. Allocation of responsibility in the self-managed team may be confusing and non-fulfilling, creating fear while making decision, hence inhibiting free-thinking. According to Kouzes and Posner (2012), leaders of a team assign responsibility to their members according to the identified talents. The leader also has a role in recognizing new good ideas, share them with the team members, encourage collaboration and give the team free way to act on the ideas. The result is enhanced free-thinking, increased effectiveness and good relation among team members and their leader and reduced progressive risks.
In conclusion, the self-managed team, on some occasions, may need the intervention of leaders to increase confidence, get guidance and assistance.
Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.