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Shared Authority

Every team member has some authority within their given area of responsibility. This means they are responsible for coming up with solutions to the challenges specific to their area. Those solutions should be communicated to other teammates to see if there are any potential conflicts because the movement of one will inevitably affect the others. They have authority over their area and should be given the chance to give some input on the potential solution.

The Flexible Authority

Team leaders are faced with the need to be both sentimental and clinical in their thinking. I can’t think of a situation when only one way of thinking will work all the time, so a measure of flexibility of mind is necessary to lead a team effectively. Sentiment allows us to be emotionally invested in people. It allows emotions of empathy and loyalty. Clinical thinking allows a leader to make the objective decision that is for the good of the team as a whole. Knowing when to put on each thinking cap separates the average from the great leader.