Leadership today is more challenging than ever due to the accelerating pace of change and escalating complexity of the world around us. One necessary way of responding to these challenges is by improving how an organisation’s top leaders work together to manage the business.
Some believe the ultimate measure of a senior leadership team’s success is the organisation’s results. And yet there are companies that due to favorable market conditions do quite well despite their dysfunctional leadership teams. Imagine what could happen if the team at the top was able to get it’s act together.
The success, or the failure, of an executive team can be felt throughout the organisation. Strong teamwork and communication at the top trickles down through all levels of management, to front-line employees. However, when something is off above, even if kept locked in an ivory tower, it can be felt throughout the entire organisation. This uneasy feeling can result in nervous managers who are confused about the expectations of their teams, disengaged employees who feel cut off from upper management, or dysfunctional leaders who cannot agree on the organisation’s direction.
Building effective leadership teams at the executive level is critical to creating a strong organisational culture where execution, accountability, and performance improvement are organisational capabilities that produce lasting results. Creating alignment and open collaboration in the executive ranks is critical to advancing the mission of the organisation.
Creating and sustaining a high performing team is not simple or easy and requires continual evaluation — What’s working? What’s not going well? What do we need to do to fix the problems that have been identified? But the payoff is fantastic. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that your organisation is lead by a supreme, high performing executive team.
Building a team is challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. I have seen, participated in, and built a number of executive teams in my career and know first-hand the boost a company gets from having an effective executive team.