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Amazon Link (no Discount, but good information) 188 pages  Kindle Download.  Also available as a PDF download in the Catalog.

Any business environment is a team sport, but too many manager-employee collaborations ignore the fact that one-on-one is where leadership magic happens. To build great relationships and produce incredible results, you need to create high-quality, give-and-take partnerships. 

In How Successful Teams Work, David F. Smith, Ph.D. combines his extensive sales career experience with current scientific leadership research to show you how to achieve business success by applying the concepts of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) theory. Smith presents managers with five behaviors--Inclusion, Respecting, Rewarding, Improvement, and Modeling--to become effective, inspiring team leaders, while also demonstrating three themes that team members can focus on to help bolster and enhance collaborative efforts. 

Whether you're a team leader looking for better, faster results or a team member hoping to improve your work life and career, How Successful Teams Work will help you build synergistic, transformational relationships that will take your professional game to the next level.

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Amazon Link (no discount, but good information about this book) 

188 pages This is the PDF version.  Also available in the Catalog as a Kindle file.Any business environment is a team sport, but too many manager-employee collaborations ignore the fact that one-on-one is where the leadership magic happens. To build great relationships and produce incredible results, you need to create high-quality, give-and-take partnerships. 

In How Successful Teams Work, David F. Smith, PhD combines his extensive sales career experience with current scientific leadership research to show you how to achieve business success by applying the concepts of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) theory. Smith presents managers with five behaviors--Inclusion, Respecting, Rewarding, Improvement, and Modeling--to become effective, inspiring team leaders, while also demonstrating three themes that team members can focus on to help bolster and enhance collaborative efforts. 

Whether you're a team leader looking for better, faster results or a team member hoping to improve your work life and career, How Successful Teams Work will help you build synergistic, transformational relationships that will take your professional game to the next level.

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Team Leadership: Four lessons learned about leadership and the Millennial generation

By David F. Smith, PhD   Copyright 2020 Oahu Adventures Foundation, Inc.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduction: The Challenge

The majority of new professionals in all areas today are from the Millennial Generation (millennials) having being born between 1981 and 1996. By 2030, millennials will comprise more than 75% of the total U.S. professional workforce. If your organization is not actively developing capacity to lead this generation, productivity will suffer. While you may have excellent management talent and administration systems in place to design and control activity, leadership ability will make the difference in success or failure for organizations. How do I know this? Because that is how it is with any team effort: it is leadership qualities that make the difference in positive organizational outcomes such as productivity and employee satisfaction. Leadership, as I describe it in my research, is what gets team members to do what needs doing. Management talent is necessary; however, management skills and systems are control elements of employee activity. Team leaders motivate team members to do the necessary work to achieve goals.

Millennials aren’t just team members, so this book also provides insight about millennials as leaders of both other millennials and older generations. The book covers other areas such as the role extraversion vs. introversion plays, how this generation thinks about changing jobs, and communication style difference. Understanding how these elements play a part in the total leadership experience is basic to understanding the problems, challenges, and solutions regarding attracting, motivating, rewarding, and retaining team leaders and team members in today’s workforce.

The concepts presented here were developed from several sources: my own professional career, interviewing team leaders and team members, and peer-reviewed organizational leadership research. Leadership challenges are presented, issues outlined, and solutions provided for the reader’s use in their own leadership role.

This is not meant to be a textbook, rather a practical guide for use in the field. Here are solutions you can implement through your own efforts not requiring large-scale organizational change programs. The lessons learned provide the reader with a roadmap to new habits they can incorporate into their leadership practices. Just as you might want to improve your fitness by adopting exercise habits, you can improve your leadership of all generations by adopting new leadership habits.

Many team leaders are experiencing the challenges of leading millennials on their teams. Or you may be a millennial leading a team with boomer members. If you are one of those leaders, these lessons provide you with comfort and direction.

Chapter One – Myth: Millennials are “job jumpers” by nature

A key factor in the success of a team is the depth of experience and knowledge of each team member. Time, effort, and organizational investment are how this depth is built. If people do not spend long in the job, the investment in those employees is lost and the new employer benefits. This is dysfunctional.......

Contents

Introduction: The Challenge. 4

Chapter One – Myth: Millennials are “job jumpers” by nature. 6

Characteristics of millennials important to leading them.. 8

Improvement as a motivator 8

Growth, personal and professional 8

A sense of purpose. 9

Trust 9

Being valued. 10

Connectedness 11

Summary of millennial characteristics 11

Keeping the best team members 13

Five leadership qualities 16

Inclusion. 17

Respecting. 19

Rewarding. 21

Improvement 23

Modeling. 25

Summary of the five leadership qualities that lower voluntary turnover and turnover intention. 27

The lesson learned. 28

Case Studies 29

Case #1: Work objectives and goal setting. 30

Case #2: Company awards 33

Case #3: Introversion and millennials 36

Chapter Two: Creating a flexible reward system.. 40

Summary. 44

Chapter Three: Implementing a reverse-mentoring program.. 46

Summary for the first three chapters 53

Chapter Four: The millennial as the team leader 54

Inclusion. 57

Respect 60

Rewarding. 61

Improvement 63

Modeling. 63

Summary. 65

Appendix. 66

Changing Leadership Behaviors is Habit-Forming. 66

Inclusion. 67

Respecting. 67

Rewarding. 67

Improvement 68

Modeling. 68

Implementation. 69

References 70

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