It is not unusual for organizations to have several people in leadership roles who participate in collaborative decision making for the benefit of the entire organization. Leading teams of diverse individuals is a significant challenge and negotiating individual strengths, weaknesses, and personalities can be difficult. Nonetheless, as managers it is your responsibility to effectively lead teams through establishing expectations designed to motivate individuals, fostering critical decision-making skills, and improving communication and collaboration among teammates. For the assignments in Topics 3 and 5, as part of the management team at a successful, regional airline, West Coast Transit, you have been directed to form a team for a high-stakes, high-pressure project. Together, the management team will come to a consensus and a recommendation will be delivered to the director.
In assigned teams, individuals should share their recommendations for a team of six people from the given teammate profiles. Once each individual has made a case, together, the CLC must negotiate and select a team that will eventually be presented to the director. Begin by reading “West Coast Transit Company Profile” and “West Coast Transit Team Member Profiles.” Based on your understanding of the company, the project, and the people involved propose your team selection. Your proposal should be accompanied by a 1,000 words explanation that addresses the following:
- Why did you team select the six team members? Why did you decide against the others?
- Considering the diverse factors that may influence the behavior of the selected team members, what specific strategies will the management team use to motivate this particular team of individuals? Why do you think they will work? What motivational strategies does the management team think would be ineffective for this team? Why?
- What particular challenges or conflicts can the management team anticipate this team facing? What strategies might you apply to manage this team’s potential conflicts? (You will learn more about conflict management in Topic 5. It is acceptable to make relevant speculations based on what you know about the team members and conflict management at this point. You will have the opportunity to solidify your conflict management strategies in your Topic 5.)
- Finally, summarize management team’s vision for the success of this team. Based on what you have identified as the selected team’s particular strengths and weaknesses, which specific leadership strategies might you apply to ensure that the vision is ultimately successful? Why?
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