A strong team is reflective of its managers. Strong managers build strong teams. But managers need support too. Are you providing your management team with the tools and resources needed to be productive leaders? There are several exercises you can implement to build a strong management team.
Trust exercises involve getting members engaged in ways that encourage them to trust each other. Although these are more difficult to introduce, the trust they help to build is worth it.
Problem-solving exercises are popular types of team-building activities that directly link to what a manager expects from his or her team. Team members focus on working together to solve a problem or make difficult decisions.
Action research is the strategy where managers perform research to examine a specific question. They collect data that could challenge the first approach while learning unexpected procedures and outcomes. This exercise requires members to be open-minded and objective.
Action learning is a combination of taking action and then reflecting. Managers are asked to solve strategic problems in a real-world setting. The settings should vary and include:
Each member contributes his or her existing knowledge and skills. Members will learn new skills and gain insights by reflecting on the problem, behaviors, and the results.
Appreciative inquiry exercises encourages members to focus on the positive aspects of a situation instead of the negative. Members are asked to share positive experiences. Then, they are asked to share what they wish for their team’s future and brainstorm on ways to create it.
There are many activities you can implement to encourage your managers to be influential leaders. Trust, skills, and decision making aptitude begin with managers performing activities and exercises that build the skills they expect their staff to have.