must help clarify the governing principles of their teams: vision,
values, and team norms.
In a participatory team environment, leaders must not only guide
team members to understand the nature of these principles, they must
also help them achieve ownership of them. In Everything
I Knew About Leadership is Wrong Mort Meyerson concludes that a
leaderís role is not just to make sure the team members know what to
do and when to do it; more importantly, it is to ensure that there is
strong and evolving clarity about what the team is.
vision is a teamís most optimistic picture of the future: It is the
ideal state for a team; it is the teamís compass; it is the ultimate
situation when all the pieces come together exactly right. Researchers
Kathy Whitaker and Monte Moses call vision "an inspiring
declaration of a compelling dream."
A vision is built upon an agreement in which the people of a team
identify key values and guiding beliefs.
A leader must not only have a vision; he or she must convey that
vision to all the team members. It
is this act of vision sharing that inspires others to join the
"good fight" to achieve excellence.
The vision is the vehicle for optimism, the glue for esprit de
corps, and the drive behind the work ethic.
The vision is the philosophical underpinning that aligns work
goals, nurtures values, and breathes hope into the team's work.
are the beliefs that shape work behavior and drive the roles of
employees. Team leaders not
only help their teams identify values, but they are themselves committed
to those values. Leaders
model values, orient others to team values, and hire people who will be
responsive to team values.