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Starting a new project? See how well you are doing in the leadership stakes. If you are serious about being a good leader, then you should be able to provide serious answers to all these questions.

Transformational Leadership

Transformational leaders are able to communicate a clear vision and share a passion for engaging in the journey – they are able to make the group they lead feel recharged and energized for the challenge ahead.

Leadership Styles – Life Cycle Leadership

No one style is right for any leader all the time. Good leaders need the confidence to be flexible, and to adapt themselves according to the situation. The right leadership style will depend on the person or group being led.

Active Listening and Good Communication

Every piece of advice you read about how to be a good leader talks about the need for good communication – an able leader is an able communicator! Yes, quite right. But communication is a two way process. For any leader the ability to listen is right up there with the ability to deliver the message. And listening is more the just hearing a sound and knowing what the words usually mean.

Adjourning and Mourning: Tuckman Part 5

The group will now have delivered the task. The members can move on to new things carrying forward learning from this experience into their new work. But for that to be done successfully there is a change to be managed.

Leadership styles

Most modern analyses of leadership describe a blend of three leadership styles but the underlying themes remain the same. Good leaders use all three styles with the most appropriate dominating at any particular time, depending on the situation.

Managing Team Performance: Tuckman Part 4

Lead your group through the stages to achieve a good result. In Stage 4, the group are high-performing, motivated and achieve effective and satisfying results.

Managing Team Norming: Tuckman Part 3

Lead your group through the stages to achieve a good result. In Stage 3, people begin to experience a sense of group belonging and a feeling of relief that conflicts are being resolved. They are on their way to being organized so that they can achieve their goals.

Managing Storming Teams: Tuckman Part 2

The team needs to be focused on its goals to avoid becoming distracted by relationship and emotional issues. Some compromises need to be made and you need to help them find the middle ground. You need to start selling ideas and the benefits of what you are trying to do. There needs to be lots of communication. The group needs to understand the importance of the task, the processes needed and their roles. If all is going well the group will move quickly through this stage to agree some “norms” for working together.