What is John Adair's Action Centred Leadership?
John Adair's action centred leadership model is referenced in many training programmes. Adair says that leaders have 3 core areas of responsibility:
- Achieving the task
- Building and maintaining the team
- Motivating and developing the individuals
In his book 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership and Management, Adair says, Think 'Task: Team: Individual' at all times
Action Centred Leadership requires that you find the right balance between the task, team and individual.
The Task, Ask:
- What am I doing that will help my team achieve the tasks effectively, on time and on budget?
- What do I need to do to ensure that the task is agreed and communicated effectively?
- What resources are needed to help the team achieve tasks?
- Who will be responsible for what?
- How can I ensure that each person knows exactly what is expected of them and to what level of performance?
- What do I need to do to review and assess progress against the achievement of the tasks and adjust targets and plans as necessary?
The Team, Ask:
- What can I do to help build and maintain the team?
- Is the team working well together? How can it work better together?
- How can I improve communication within the team?
- How can I ensure that the team is working effectively towards the achievement of the tasks?
- What do I need to do to ensure that the performance standards are met?
- What do I need to do to maintain discipline and focus on objectives? What team/group training needs are required?
The Individual, Ask:
- What do I need to do to motivate and develop my people?
- What strengths does each person bring?
- How can they be used and developed?
- What do I need to do to assist and support individuals?
- How should I give appropriate recognition and praise to individuals?
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