Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance by Richard Lepsinger and Darleen DeRosa is an excellent resource if you need to work with virtual or decentralized teams. It’s researched-based and practical. Having worked with virtual teams for almost 30 years, I’d say this book captures the wisdom and best practices of working in those types of settings. It may not apply to all of you, but for those of you who need it, it’s a winner.
Part of a series inspired by Peter Drucker, an important mentor of mine
Drucker points out that effective leaders supply four basic requirements of any human organization: communications, teamwork, self development, and development of others.
Communications is basic to leading an organization: think vision-casting, facilitating dialogue, encouraging two-way flow of communication.
Good general communication then leads to good sideways communication: teamwork. Any team is made up of individuals with diverse knowledge and skills.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is one of my favorite leadership tools. It helps individuals identify their top 5 areas of strength and, consequently, what they have to offer their organization. I have begun using this tool with teams and, upon seeing certain combinations of strengths on a team, began wondering how they work together.
For example, strength-themes that three people share will tend to steer/monopolize the group simply based on the strength in like-minded people. However, a theme that only one person has can be easily overlooked or stamped out, usually without intentional thought.