Sociology Professor Scott Schieman and PhD student Sarah Reid at Toronto State University
have published findings which reveal ‘ the damaging levels of work stress experienced
by people exercising power and authority at all levels in the modern workplace.
( see - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091019134720.htm )
Modern leadership roles call on individuals to deploy a wide range of skills and
personal qualities. For example, project management can provide many challenges
- especially for the newly appointed project manager. But confident supervision
and management of people often requires a range of life skills which may have been
insufficiently developed thus far in an organisational career.
In matrix settings project management may also inflict contradictory demands. Effective
management in these contexts requires a particularly flexible approach to dealing
with people and interacting with senior authority figures - properly balancing
the pressures and constraints of the work environment and individual styles and
circumstances of line staff.
The deployment of appropriate people management strategies and effective leadership
style to improve team performance may make bring challenges that test both self
confidence and one's capacity for self management.
Many participants can have confused ideas about working as a team and what is needed
to an effective team player. Team leadership therefore often calls both for skilful
self management and communication development - both with and between line staff.
It also requires an ability to deal with anger and to handle stress and conflict
- especially in pressurised environments with complex team dynamics or difficult
Thus team leading in all its forms demands flexibility in leadership style and a
blend of subtlety of touch with sometimes direct or even robust leadership.
To be successful in team work, beside having a general competence in directing problem
solving activities, the team leader also needs to initiate individual mentoring
of team members as well as more structured team coaching and team development activities.
Properly developed and combined, these and a wide range of other human relations
skills pave the way to managing people with easy confidence.
Textbooks, magazine articles and self-help guides - though helpful - offer general
pointers rather than individually tailored strategies for handling these complexities.
Often they do not address the particular pinch-points experienced in individual
cases. To get to your own really workable solutions - you can use my systematic and
imaginative professional help and experience to construct the specific personal
resources that YOU need for handling difficult work demands.
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