A necessary element of the learning process here at the Albers School is group/ team projects. Rightfully so. None of us will be leaving this program to go and sit in a room by ourselves and complete our work in complete isolation. There is no better time than the present to learn the skills needed to build, manage and participate in a team.
I have been discussing this with my mentor for the past few weeks and he has shared some invaluable pieces of advice with me about the important role this topic plays in his daily operations. Following are some of the highlights of our discussions:
- Know your OWN leadership style
- Identify the strengths of each of your team members before you begin the project. Leverage those strengths and assign tasks according to these strengths
- Look to personality test like the Myers Briggs to assist you in creating a diverse team with diverse strengths
**You will never progress unless everyone around you is successful** (Whoa!)
- make a plan, "divide and conquer" large tasks. This distribution makes gives everyone involved ownership AND makes the accountable for the final product
- set deadlines for your selves (and include some buffer in case things don't go as planned)
- know when to adjust your leadership style. An alternate way of putting this would be "Know your audience!"
- finally, know when to step back and let others lead.
MPAC Candidate '17