Leadership Coaching: Clarity Of Roles Prevents Team Failure

July 10, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

Clarity Of Roles And Responsibilities

What is your role in your organization? It is crucial that you know, as well as everyone else within the scope of your business. As a leader, you have to be clear about your role. What about your employees? Do they know where they fit in the organization and what they are supposed to do? They have to because employees who work like headless chickens aren’t going to be truly productive. In your team, you have to ensure that clarity about everyone’s roles and responsibilities is a highly rated quality.

Yes, you might say you gave your team members the right job descriptions and instructions, but that may not suffice for clarity. You might be asking what clarity is for when you’ve already told everybody what to do.

A lot of times, leaders do not really understand how important clarity is or how it impacts the organization. Why is clarity relevant to the organization? You can start reflecting on the question by asking “what if”. In the following “what if” situations, we can comprehend how clarity can prevent failure.

How Clarity Can Prevent Failure

If the leader and the team members are not working congruently, what would happen? A team with a dissonant working relationship will result to its members becoming disengaged, less productive and ineffective. Team work is about everybody working hand- in- hand. You as a leader acts as the guide. The head of the team is the leader, that’s why you have to primarily keep your focus. You are directing the team. Be clear and focused on your role as a leader, and guide the team members to be the same. This way, the team as a whole can perform its best.

If world leaders found a common purpose and worked together to achieve that, what would happen? Better success can be attained when the leaders fundamentally understand and are clear about what their roles are. These leaders should exercise a leadership that clarifies to their people what their roles are, too. Be clear about the vision, mission and goals that you want to realize. With a common purpose and everyone clear about where they stand and what they should do, there’s more engagement, effectiveness and productivity in the working process.

What did the Japanese women soccer team learn when they won the championship? There were lessons learned about focus: First is that the team captain explained not only the what, but also the why behind the roles everybody had to play. Then there was teamwork wherein each team member connected their roles to the larger purpose of the team. Roles as well as requirements and challenges of playing the game were distinctly spelled out, so to speak, and there was much encouragement. The team members knew what to prioritize among the roles they had to do.

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