This e-book is the fifth in a series that describes the concepts forming the core of TMS technology. In this e-book I look at Leadership, with a particular emphasis on leading teams. Some years ago Charles Margerison and I described the notion of Linking and how important it is to the functioning of successful teams. In this e-book I have developed the idea into a full range leadership model known as the Linking Leader.
The Linking Leader Model describes three levels of Linking - People Linking, Task Linking and Leadership Linking.
At the first level of Linking are the People Linking Skills. They create the atmosphere in which the team works, by promoting harmony and trust. These skills are the responsibility of all team members because they establish optimal relationships among team members (horizontal linking) and with higher-level management (vertical linking).
At the second level are the Task Linking Skills that focus on the relationships among team tasks. These skills apply more to the senior team members and team leaders(s) who are accountable and responsible for outputs.
The third level of the Linking Leader Model describes Leadership Linking Skills, which highlight processes that influence followers to go beyond their self-interest and give extra effort for the benefit of the business unit or organization.
When all three levels are successfully implemented, a Linking Leader is created.