With the arrival of the busy tax season, now is the time for your team to show up and do their best. Your team has spent a great deal of time and effort establishing and refining your best processes and procedures involving the firm's personnel and technology for this tax season. Now is the time to step up to the plate and hit that home run for which you have prepared. Is your team ready?
I'm speaking to the firms who have set aside the old style of corporate leadership in favor of the team leadership style. From the one boss who took on all the decision-making responsibilities to the new team leadership style where the boss joins the team in focusing on and finding the best solution(s). It's a co-operative management style where new talents are encouraged, relationships are fostered and cemented, skills are honed, and mentors step up to promote better understanding throughout the firm on how decisions impact the company.
Spreading leadership across the firm creates involvement and buy-in by team members throughout the firm. It allows for natural accountability as team members step up and lead. You know the saying… If I am going to talk the talk, I better walk the walk. Team leadership promotes creative thinking while lending credibility to the current leadership. There is nothing better than walking in the team leader’s shoes to appreciate their work.
Communication is another benefit of team leadership. Spreading leadership across the firm also keeps the departments connected. Everyone understands what goes on throughout the company. While there are well defined duties within every department, every employee realizes that their decisions impact the company as a whole.
Making team leadership work takes deliberate effort - deliberate effort on the boss’s part to allow team leadership to take place; and deliberate effort of the team member’s part to step up to the plate and take on the accountability. This effort has great paybacks in staff retention.
Boomer Consulting has applied this team leadership style in their weekly staff meetings. A different member of the team facilitates this meeting each week. This has expanded to a new level of team involvement, accountability and ownership while promoting the sharing of ideas, processes, training and much more.
Finally, now is the time for your team leadership to step up to the plate, drive hard and hit the home run for which you have prepared.