Top Team Behavior for Winning Results
It's lonely at the top, or so the saying goes. But this need not be the case. Indeed, those top management teams who manage to overcome their isolation and model high levels of "teamness" create positive ripple effects throughout the organization, boosting productive energy and job satisfaction, and lowering turnover intentions. What's more, middle managers and other employees reporting to them tend to integrate and align their own goals with others, as they perceive consistency between what top managers say and what they do. Studies by the author into this phenomenon highlight several competencies that contribute not only to the smooth functioning of the C-suite but also to the operational success of the entire organization. She poses several key questions to ask yourself, aimed at improving your cognitive flexibility, integrative bargaining, mutual influencing and creativity in the pursuit of more fruitful interactions between upper and middle management.