Performance & Hotrod Business - May '15

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May 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 67 All Together Now Cohesiveness is the fruit of effective leadership. n BE A LEADER By TimoThy F. Bednarz T he concept of organizational cohesiveness is recognized in the military as a factor that makes or breaks unit effectiveness. Military lead- ers have long recognized that when cohesiveness breaks down and is left unaddressed, the unit's ability to perform is not simply diminished, but ultimately destroyed. The same concept applies within organiza- tions. Organizational cohesiveness is achieved when all members of the organization have reached the point where they are working closely together as a single unit toward the accomplish- ment of mutual goals and objectives without regard to personal agendas and attitudes. By establishing trust, leaders take a diverse collection of individuals and blend them into an efficient working unit. When this occurs, and leaders have built and are nurturing organiza- tional cohesiveness, they will have accomplished their primary goals. This is a most satisfying and beneficial position for leaders to be in. Leaders build and foster trust not only among their employees and themselves, but between all members of the organizational unit. Cohesiveness is established and is reinforced over time because bonds of trust among individual members of the organization are strengthened. Each individual learns how he or she is able to trust the other members in the attainment of individual and organizational goals. When leaders are able to establish strong orga- nizational cohesiveness, the following elements are found: Teamwork When organizational cohesiveness is achieved, leaders see an overall increase in team develop- ment. Individual employees are able to work in self-directed groups to tackle specific problems, concerns and issues that need to be resolved if the organization is to progress and meet its objectives. In many organizations, this is a major shift in thinking and personal attitudes. Employees and leaders think in terms of the team and orga- nization, replacing their own personal goals and agendas with those of the organization. Individual Contribution It has been recognized that any individual within any company or organization can con- tribute ideas and insights as to how to improve quality, performance and productivity in the posi- tion they hold. Yet these individuals are generally reluctant to volunteer this information, primarily Excerpt: Building and Nurturing Trust in the Workplace: Pinpoint Leadership Skill Development Training Series (Majorium Business Press, Stevens Point, WI 2011). To learn more about author and publisher Timothy F. Bednarz, email timothy.bednarz@majo- or visit www. BUSINESS

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