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Action Centred Leadership

A model for team leadership and management, John Adair's simple Action-Centred Leadership model provides a great blueprint for leadership and the management of any team, group or organization. 
Action Centred Leadership is also a simple leadership and management model, which makes it easy to remember and apply, and to adapt for your own unique situation. All good managers and leaders should have full command of the three main areas of the Action Centred Leadership model, and should be able to use each of the elements according to the situation.
Being able to do all of these things, and keep the right balance, gets results, builds morale, improves quality, develops teams and productivity, and is the mark of a successful manager and leader.

The model
The three parts of Adair's model are commonly represented by three overlapping circles, and is one of the most recognizable and iconic symbols within management theory. This illustrates Adair's three core management responsibilities:

Achieving the task
Managing the team or group
Managing individuals

John Adair's action-centred leadership task-team-individual model adapts extremely well for the demands of modern business management. When using it in your own environment think about the aspects of performance necessary for success in your own situation, and incorporate local relevant factors into the model to create your own interpretation. This will give you a very useful management framework.

Your responsibilities as a manager for achieving the task are:
Identify aims and vision for the group
Purpose and direction - define the activity (the task)
Identify resources, people, processes, systems and tools (inc. financials, communications, IT)
Create the plan to achieve the task - deliverables, measures, timescales, strategy and tactics
Establish responsibilities, objectives, accountabilities and measures, by agreement and delegation
Set standards, quality, time and reporting parameters
Control and maintain activities against parameters
Monitor and maintain overall performance against plan
Report on progress towards the group's aim
Review, re-assess, adjust plan, methods and targets as necessary

Your responsibilities as a manager for the group are:
Establish, agree and communicate standards of performance and behaviour
Establish style, culture, approach of the group - soft skill elements
Monitor and maintain discipline, ethics, integrity and focus on objectives
Anticipate and resolve group conflict, struggles or disagreements
Assess and change as necessary the balance and composition of the group
Develop team-working, cooperation, morale and team-spirit
Develop the collective maturity and capability of the group - progressively increase group freedom and authority
Encourage the team towards objectives and aims - motivate the group and provide a collective sense of purpose Identify, develop and agree team- and project-leadership roles within group
Enable, facilitate and ensure effective internal and external group communications
Identify and meet group training needs
Give feedback to the group on overall progress; consult with, and seek feedback and input from the group

Your responsibilities as a manager for each individual are:
Understand the team members as individuals - personality, skills, strengths, needs, aims and fears
Assist and support individuals - plans, problems, challenges, highs and lows Identify and agree appropriate individual responsibilities and objectives
Give recognition and praise to individuals - acknowledge effort and good work
Where appropriate reward individuals with extra responsibility, advancement and status Identify, develop and utilise each individual's capabilities and strengths
Train and develop individual team members
Develop individual freedom and authority

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