I am writing some posts this week on the concept of team idleness. Check out other posts on the blog.
I believe and practice the concept of team leadership. I want people in our organization that will assume ownership of an individual task and follow through with the responsibility of seeing projects completed well. We have a shared leadership philosophy at Grace Community Church and I have posted about the need for a leader to “give their vision away” to people he or she trust to make it better.
That being said, there is usually a balancing statement needed for most principles to work in the real world. When considering team leadership, for example, one thing that must be equally understood is that there comes a time when one person has to stand up and assume responsibility for the project or task. Someone has to lead. The leader doesn’t always have to be the same person, depending on the task, but one person needs to be accountable for completion and success of the project. If not, team members are left staring at each other and nothing moves forward.
Does your organization practice team leadership? How do you assign ultimate responsibility for successful completion?