“Successful teams all give themselves the time to learn to be a team.” (Katzenbach and Smith, 2001) Whether you are a team member or a team leader you have a role in building your team to high performance.
Tannenbaum and Schmidt (1958)
In 1958 Tannenbaum and Schmidt gave us a continuum that is a simple model of leadership theory which shows the relationship between the level of freedom that a manager chooses to give to a team, and the level of authority used by the manager. You can see that as the team's freedom is increased, the manager's authority decreases. This is a positive way for both teams and managers to develop. This is a useful continuum for us to explore
if we are a team member or a leader. How much freedom are we taking as a team member? How much freedom are we encouraging as a leader? It would be interesting to gain your whole teams view on this and discuss everyone’s viewpoint.