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Line Principled Leadership

From Teamwork: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong by Carl E. Larson and Frank M.J. Lafasto, 1989.

Responsibilities of Team Leaders

  • Avoid compromising the team's objective with political issues.
  • Exhibit personal commitment to the team's goal.
  • Do not dilute the team's efforts with too many priorities.
  • Be fair and impartial toward all team members.
  • Be willing to confront and resolve issues associated with inadequate performance by team members.
  • Be open to new ideas and information from team members.

Create a Supportive Decisionmaking Climate

  • Trust team members with meaningful levels of responsibility.
  • Provide team members with the necessary autonomy to achieve results.
  • Present challenging opportunities that stretch the individual abilities of team members.
  • Recognize and reward superior performance.
  • Stand behind the team and support it.

Responsibilities of Team Members

  • Demonstrate a realistic understanding of my role.
  • Demonstrate objective and fact-based judgments.
  • Collaborate effectively with other team members.
  • Make the team goal a higher priority than any personal objective.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to devote whatever effort is necessary to achieve team success.
  • Be willing to share information, perceptions, and feedback openly.
  • Help other team members as needed and appropriate.
  • Demonstrate high standards of excellence.
  • Stand behind and support team decisions.
  • Demonstrate courage of conviction by directly confronting important issues.
  • Demonstrate leadership in ways that contribute to the team's success.
  • Respond constructively to feedback from others.
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