To my mind, the role of the leader is to make simple and clear what needs to be done, to promote the skills and experience of every team member, and to allow the team to develop initiative and interdependence in a safe and supportive environment.
When the team is not calm, the executive functioning of our brains is reduced, impacting our capacity for logical thinking. The ensuing loss of perspective results in distorted thinking and increases the risk of overlooking facts, fine detail and the bigger picture.
A lack of credible options for action can add to a sense of powerlessness, or a hubristic over-confidence in the validity of one option. Even mild stress in adults can have a rapid and dramatic impact on executive function, affecting creativity, flexible problem-solving and working memory. Who does the team look to in times like these?
The 5 levels of organizational challenges outlined on the Why? page can be addressed effectively in a number of ways using Face Value’s services: for example, one-to-one coaching for individual and interpersonal development, group coaching and facilitation for ironing out decision-making or communication problems, TRIBE team identity workshops for identifying and strengthening the purpose and vision that makes close teams stand out amongst the crowd, as well as keynotes, podcasts and training to raise awareness of and equip people with the skills they need to maximise their potential for performance.
Whatever the nature or magnitude of your challenge, clear, reflective thinking is a prerequisite for success. It all comes down to asking questions.