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March 26, 2014

Team Leadership

The growing organizational teams have increased the interest in team leadership, team leadership focuses on the team performance effectiveness, and team leadership model provides a framework for leader to diagnose team problems, take appropriate actions and finally examine team performance.

The team leadership model provides a metal road map for leaders, although this theory is not leader-centered approach, if a leader is competent, he can response problems very fast whether to monitor or take actions, and take wide variety actions to meet team member's diverse expectation and needs. Therefore, even leaders may distribute leadership to other team members to accommodate today's complex environment, their abilities still contribute a lot to themselves and the whole organization, so leadership nowadays is not an easy task. Only through continually learning can leaders keep their competitive edge for themselves and their organizations.

What I like about this theory is team leadership shares leadership to team members, everyone in the team can be a leader if they are willing to and cometent, this can be an intrinsic motivation, this may even entice a working dead to wake up to become a star.

General, Grand and Unified Theory for Leadership

When preparing for leadership PMA, I read some books in order to find general, grand and unified theory for leadership. There are many matrics and perspectives to categorize leadership theories according to different scholars by their different bias and perspectives, the most coomom theory is Mark Walker's perspective, leadership theory includes ''Great man'' or trait-based leadership theory, Behavioral leadership theory, Contingency leadership theory, Cognitive leadership theory, Moral leadership theory, and Strategic/Transsactional leadership theory. This leadership evolved from leader-centered to leader-follower relationship which just like the modern society development for politics and business, when the internal and external environment becomes more complicated, it's highly unlikely to listen to one person to reach organizational goal without trying to motivating followers to exceed the expectation and get higher performance.

Unfortunately, after reading 20 pages, the answer is NO such theory since the scope of leadership is too big, perhaps Niels Bohr's worsd describe this situation the best: ''Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true''.

I think it's so difficult to come up with one generial, grand and unified theory for leadership is because there is barely 1 discipline like leadership involving wide variety from communication, coaching, motivating, psychology, culture, gender, ethics...etc, fom the trait and skills of leaders themselves to the relation between leaders and followes, it's not surprising that there is no ONE universal answer to this query, what I am sure about is to find one or more leaddership theories to fit the situation we faced.

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