Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THE LEADER’S GUIDE TO TEAMWORK and CHARISMA

Master Barbi McCoy Leading 2 -3 Year
Old Children at Graduation.
It is easy to define a leader as someone who has followers.  In fact, it is hard to state that you are a leader if you have no one following you.  Further, it is generally accepted that the very best leaders have Charisma, and further, that charisma cannot be learned but is something you are born with.

To some degree, charisma may be a gift of birth; however, it most defiantly can be learned by anyone and practiced in leadership. In fact, one of the easiest ways to describe the qualities of a leader with Charisma is to say that the leaders are a good team member. For our purpose, a Charismatic Leader is one who has:

  1. Knowledge (though not necessarily absolute knowledge as there may be team members with more),
  2. Commitment to the objectives though open to necessary change,
  3. Dedication to the team, motivation to keep moving,
  4. The ability to focus both on the process and the objective
  5. Concern for the other team members. 
Charismatic Leaders are Identified By
Their Connection to Their Teams
In teamwork and leadership, this requires that the leader and team members all “buy into the shared objective,” and that it NOT merely a Goal or Process.  It needs to become alive first to the leader, then to the team. Also be aware, that a “goal” is a static thing, like a goal post; however, an objective is alive with purpose to begin with.  If you are shooting for a goal alone, it is almost always solitary.  It is far easier to show charismatic leadership if you are aim for a shared objective, which may change as the team moves forward.

A method to achieve these ends is called the SWOT Techniques, where the team leaders approach the objective or objectives by considering each team member and the team as a whole by evaluating:

  1. Strengths of each member and the team,
  2. Weaknesses of each member and the team,
  3. Recognizing Opportunities as they arise, and adjusting the objectives accordingly,
  4. Threats to the team’s success and to the team members.

  1. Objective of the Drill:Create a teamwork drill for Buddy Day that can be taught to Adult (Karate and MMA), Teens, Karate Kids, Dragons, Tigers and Turtles.  The drill needs to be directly related to teamwork and martial arts.
  2. MethodCreate departmentalization by using 2 or more teams approaching the same objective on their own, with one director for the whole project.
  3.  Report & ReviewAfter a fixed amount of time, have the teams present a written report that list the objectives, required resources, including Human and Material, and timing along with a detailed lesson plan for each or all age groups and classes
  4. SynergyWhere the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  The director, with the combined teams, after report and review, combines or creates from the parts a final plan in the same format as Report and Review above.
  5. Debrief – the instructor then debriefs the team members and director to see how many point of contact were made with the rules for Charismatic Leaders and SWOT.


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