To get the most out of a team managers need to encourage both flexibility and accomplishment by striking the right balance between hands-on and hands-off management.
“In engaging your team the first question you must ask yourself is what you want your team to accomplish,” writes Samuel Bacharach, the McKelvey-Grant professor of labor management at Cornell and director of Cornell’s Institute of Workplace Studies in New York. If the answer is implementation, a tightly-led team will likely experience more success. If the goal is creativity and innovation, members need to have higher degrees of autonomy and individual freedom. But is it possible to strike a team leadership balance?
Bacharach suggests there is, and in this guest article for Inc. he provides four rules for leaders to follow in order to successfully implement and innovate with the same team.