Leading teams of diverse individuals is a significant challenge. Negotiating individual strengths, weaknesses, and personalities can be difficult. Nonetheless, as a leader it is your responsibility to effectively lead teams through establishing expectations designed to motivate individuals, fostering critical decision-making skills, and improving communication and collaboration among teammates. For the assignments in modules 4 and 5, as part of the management team at a successful, regional airline, West Coast Transit, you have been directed to form a team for a high-stakes, high-pressure project. Together, the management team will come to a consensus and make a recommendation to the director.
Your objective is to individually select a team of six people from the given teammate profiles. Begin by reading “West Coast Transit Company Profile” and “West Coast Transit Team Member Profiles,” which are attached in the Topic Materials. Based on your understanding of the company, the project, and the people involved propose your team selection. Your proposal should be accompanied by a 1,000-1,250 explanation that addresses the following:
- Why did you select the six team members you did? Why did you decide against the others?
- Considering the diverse factors that may influence the behavior of your team members, what specific strategies will you use to motivate this particular team of individuals? Why do you think they will work? What motivational strategies do you think would be ineffective for this team? Why?
- What particular challenges or conflicts can you anticipate this team facing? What strategies might you apply to manage this team’s potential conflicts? (You will learn more about conflict management in Module 5. It is acceptable to make relevant speculations based on what you know about the team members and conflict management at this point. You will have the opportunity to solidify your conflict management strategies when you join the CLC assignment in Module 5.)
- Finally, summarize your vision for the success of this team. Based on what you have identified as the team’s particular strengths and weaknesses, which specific leadership strategies might you apply to ensure it is ultimately successful? Why?
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