Manager-led or self-directed teams
Among the four types of teams, ‘manager-led team’ best describes my current organization. This type of team, along with the other three categories, has its benefits and downsides. The weight of responsibility is given to the team manager as he or she is in-charge for defining the goals, methods and functioning of the team. Since all the basic administrative work is done by the manager, team member could actually execute their own jobs with efficiency. Given that leader has professional background, team members can get their work done with the supervision of an experienced person. Through this, team members deliver quality outputs at all times while dismissing the unproductive practices in the workplace. Another benefit of having managers in team is the responsible implementation of assigned work. Team members won’t have to assume their role; specific works are given directly to them and thus saves time and effort in the process.
However, team members would have little autonomy over their works because of the fact that control is largely placed on the manager’s hand. Responsibilities have the tendency to be diffused within the team in the case that the manager lacks expertise and supervisory skills. Conformity to the leaders, in addition, often leads to a sense of discreteness that could further lead to lack of unity. Further, centralization in decision-making is not an effective way to empower team members. As a team member myself, I felt the scarcity in involvement for the reason that decisions concerning the whole team are not achieved through consensus. Though there is a presence of identifiable objectives for the group, the idea that people constantly dwell on the need to voice out their own concerns as members drives them to be dysfunctional and unproductive as a result. The process is not providing the team members with helpful ways to interact with each other. In effect, team spirit and team work were sacrificed.
Thompson, L. L. (2007). Making the Team: A Guide for Managers. (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall.
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