Menu
Home
Log in / Register
 
Home arrow Management arrow IT Project Management: A Geek Guide to Leadership
Source

Conclusion

This chapter is about followership, which is another perspective on leadership. Now that you understand followership, you have an opportunity to be a successful IT geek project leader. You can do this by developing and encouraging your team members to be effective followers. You cannot neglect the behavioral and social factors of IT professionals—their tendency to be introverts who do not communicate well, their tendency to be somewhat rebellious against organization and project rules, norms, and values. Instead, clearly define the purpose of your project and capture it in a team charter. Identify and develop followers —team members that buy into the project’s purpose and that will rally behind you as you lead them to achieve the goals of your IT project. Reprimand behavior that does not support the project’s vision, and reward behavior that does. Empower and encourage mature performers who deliver so that less mature team members will want to emulate them. Be inclusive. Involve everyone in making project decisions when practical, even the most withdrawn members of your team. Earn your team’s trust, and create opportunities for your team members to earn yours. Success is within your reach—be the leader your team members—your followers—and your customers expect and need you to be!

In the next chapter, Personal Credibility, we discuss proactive principles that geek leaders personify to earn a solid reputation, professional influence, and respect not only from followers, but also from peers and senior leaders.

Followership Assessment

The assessment below can help you think about your leadership effectiveness and the followership effectiveness of your team. You can use the results of your assessment to develop an action plan to improve your team’s followership ability.

Use the following key for this assessment:

Not at all

Once in a while

Sometimes

Fairly often

Frequently, if not always

0

1

2

3

4

#

0

1

2

3

4

1

l apply direct leadership for team members who are inexperienced in performing their assigned tasks.

2

I apply direct leadership when there is a high level of certainty concerning project requirements.

3

! apply empowering leadership for team members who are experienced in performing their tasks.

4

I apply empowering leadership when there is a high level of uncertainty concerning project require ments.

5

] have developed and presented the unifying purpose for my team.

6

I have earned my team members1 trust.

7

1 identify and address team members who are withdrawn in order to encourage them to participate in team interactions.

8

1 identify and address team members who assert personal dominance and try to get their own way to the detriment of the team.

9

I identify and address team members who resist authority and who oppose the group.

10

I identify or appoint "devil's advocates" in order to obtain an alternative viewpoint for project and team issues.

11

I motivate team members to be committed members of the group.

12

I offer decisions and conclusions after team discussions.

13

I protect my team from the political environment in my organization so they can focus on achieving project goals and objectives.

14

I provide encouragement to team members in order to establish and maintain a warm, friendly environment.

15

I provide training opportunities for team members.

16

I recognize and reward team members for then contributions to the team and the project.

17

I reprimand team members who fail to meet project standards.

18

I routinely pull together and summarize team suggestions and ideas.

19

I seek consensus from team members on the approach to resolving project issues and meeting project requirements.

20

I take action to foster commitment from each individual team member.

21

I take action to keep communication channels open so that team members obtain the information they need when they need it and so that they are free to ask for information when they need it.

22

[ take action to resolve conflicts, reconcile disagreements, and reduce tension on the team.

23

My team delivers the products and services the team was established to provide.

24

My team members actively seek information and opinions concerning project tasks and issues.

25

My team members can articulate the team's unifying purpose.

26

My team members clarify and elaborate information m order to clear up confusion.

27

My team members demonstrate that they care about my personal well-being.

23

My team members freely provide relevant information concerning project tasks and issues.

29

My team members have earned my trust.

30

My team members practice self-leadership.

31

My team members propose tasks and goals for the team.

32

My team members recommend ideas and procedures for solving team problems.

33

My team members seek training opportunities that will benefit the project and the team.

34

My team members set and keep their own high standards.

35

My team members trust one another.

 
Source
Found a mistake? Please highlight the word and press Shift + Enter  
< Prev   CONTENTS   Next >
 
Subjects
Accounting
Business & Finance
Communication
Computer Science
Economics
Education
Engineering
Environment
Geography
Health
History
Language & Literature
Law
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Political science
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Travel