Floor Tape Store

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Action Centered Leadership

Every business wants to be successful and generate results. If only there was a simple formula we could use to make that happen. Well actually, for decades there has been. Maybe you’re not familiar with it but that’s what I’m sharing with you today. We are looking at John Adair’s Action Centered Leadership model.

Back in 1973, British leadership expert John Adair published his action centered leadership model. It’s also known as the “three-circle” model. He developed this model during the 60s to show a more relevant and modern leadership approach.

Model of Action-Centered Leadership is developed by focusing on what leaders do and is based on the following principles:

  • The task can only be performed by the team rather than any one person/leader
  • The team will excel only when all members are fully developed
  • The members must be motivated and need to challenge the task
  • Leadership can be taught; if one person can do something, then others can also learn to do it

Adair’s action model can be represented by Adair’s three circles, which illustrates his three core management responsibilities. Each of these three elements plays an important role in the leadership, and only when all three are balanced properly, the leader is going to be successful and effective:

1. Achieving the task: Task is the foundation that creates the need for leadership. Without the task, there is no need for any leadership. Every leadership role is developed because there is a goal in mind, and someone needs to be in charge of directing the team toward that goal.

2. Managing the team or group: To achieve tasks, the team is essential. The team is made up of individuals having different skills and experiences, and they collectively contribute to the business goal. A leader’s key responsibility is to motivate the team members to put in their best for the best possible performance towards completing the task.

3. Managing/Empowering individuals: The leader is responsible for each individual employee, his progress, and development. Forgetting about individuals as humans and treating them only as a resource that must do what is best for the organization is a big leadership mistake. Extracting the best effort from each person on the team requires treating them with trust and respect as individuals that they are. Each individual needs recognition by means of salary, fun, and challenging work and responsibility.

Adair focused on 8 key functions for action centered leadership to happen.  

  • Defining the task: here we are creating clarity and setting the direction. We should use SMARTER goals to help achieve these results.  
  • Planning: it’s about having a strategy to achieve the task. We need to look at all options and take suggestions from the team when planning what to do and how to do it.  
  • Briefing the team: we need to communicate with the team regularly. Here we are providing feedback and accepting input.   
  • Controlling what happens: we will have control measures in place to maintain standards. These measures will ensure we are monitoring the situation and taking action when needed.  
  • Evaluating results: it’s important that we’re reviewing individual and team performance and tracking milestones. We also need to identify areas of improvement.  
  • Motivating individuals: we are responsible for providing recognition and praise, using motivators effectively.  Therefore, we are keeping the team driven to achieve the results.  
  • Organizing people: All leaders need to have the capability of arranging the team into a highly functional unit. We do this by using time management, delegation, and development to keep people on track.  
  • Setting an example: here we need to lead by example. We cannot expect the team to follow our lead if we are inconsistent.  

As you can see, all 3 elements of Task, Team and Individual feature throughout these key functions. 

Some criticize the hierarchical approach that Adair’s theory takes, claiming it does not allow for modern organizational structures that tend to be more linear. Current thinking suggests that leadership should focus on empowerment, enabling and encouraging innovation, whereas Adair takes a more traditional approach which could be seen as authoritarian.

However, others claim that the simplicity of Adair’s model makes it ‘timeless’ and the simple, practical framework provides clarity to the role of a leader. The simplicity of Adair’s ideas results in this model being relevant to leaders, irrespective of the sector they work in and the task being completed.

Successful implementation of Adair’s model will enable leaders to

- Build morale

- Achieve strong results

- Improve work quality

- Develop strong teams

- Improve productivity

Overall, I highly recommend learning this simple model and using action centered leadership. This approach will help us focus on those 3 key elements better. It also allows us to practice those 8 functions that Adair highlighted to allow this model to work even better. Give it a try and see the benefits.

Subscribe to my feed Subscribe via Email LinkedIn Group Facebook Page @TimALeanJourney YouTube Channel SlideShare

No comments:

Post a Comment