I enjoyed the Leadership Training exercise on team work.
While I’ve been through these types of workshops before, both in my
undergraduate days as well my work career, I think it’s nice to reinforce these
concepts when possible. I particularly liked the exercise where everyone played
their part in a machine (video is attached). The guide asked a series of
questions after the exercise including, “Who is the leader?”Often times, we assume it’s just the person
pushing the buttons but it’s really more important to understand what happens
when parts need to be replaced, work is sped up or something occurs that
changes the entire system. I (re)learned that team members have a responsibility
to ensure that the work gets done and the leader, in order to be most effective,
needs to provide the direction, feedback and resources necessary to keep things
moving forward. Leadership is closely intertwined with communication because in
order to “get the job done” teams need a clear understanding of what’s expected
and what tools are at their disposal to make it happen.