Leading from the middle

Synergistic Leadership

Together, we can do more!

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, the reader should have a good idea about how synergy works in leadership.

Synergy helps you develop a strong leadership! More success!

Concept of Synergistic Leadership

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes synergy as when “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Understandable enough. In the same way, synergistic effort is known as an effect arising between two or more agents, entities, factors, or substances that produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual outcomes. And this is absolutely required in any process.

Synergy happens and is needed in all spheres, be it in religions, businesses, friendships, marriages, etcetera. Synergy enhances, manages eases, multiplies, and produces. You know, two heads are better than one. The core meaning of synergy still has merit and is positive. At the success of projects, initiatives, programs, etc., we see and/or hear of leaders commending the team on how they made it work or succeed. Synergy was a big factor! How every hand was on deck and all eyes were on the big picture, the leader(s), and the members. The team generally. We need to (most especially, leaders) pursue synergy in teamwork as a serious goal.

Synergistic leadership allows for the annexation of distinct knowledgeable minds from different spheres, of course, with various views and relatable experiences. Are these not part of what enlarge your coast of ideas to lead or operate with and to keep on succeeding? Leaders, together with every human resource, have many essential qualities to thrive. Every leadership should provide a strong platform and safe haven for needful and required resources. Be it people, time, skills and abilities, finances, opportunities, and information. All these pave ways for progression into positive and productive directions.

More importantly, synergistic leadership requires basic values and actions, but they must be implemented well enough as they are critical for coming up with new ideas and building awesome team relationships that can yield synergistic results. Synergy involves cooperation, transparency, empowerment, commitment, communication, planning, balance, listening, accountability, coordination, responsibility, and decision making. All of these should be applied often. Leading one to success is quite a hurdle where you have to do all it takes, show up when you need to; take actions when the plans say so, take breaks, reassess when necessary, etc. It is a process that helps in creating synergistic leaders.

Make Positive Difference; Create Synergistic Results.

Synergy: the bonus that is achieved when things work harmoniously.

Mark Twain

Synergy is critical for coming up with new ideas that can yield big results. Synergy is about people. It is a about results and the future. It is practical, most especially in leadership, networks, teams, or relationships. Diverse

behavioral uniqueness, dexterities, and passions are potential determinations to what comes out of the leadership. Building synergy into your leadership should not be considered difficult. Follow suit to pick up on the practices and actions that should accompany synergy.

Synergy absolutely does not include causing conflict and contention within the team. All the points mentioned below, if implemented, should not bring about a loss or reduction in the expectations or results of an organization.

Staging: Planning is a vital key for every achievement, whether it is getting the groceries, acing exams, or achieving monthly goals, etc. Leaders are to do the assignment. Do the SWOT analysis. Ask the relevant questions. Leadership is a journey. A leader should be able to clarify key goals and identify the strengths and weaknesses of their team. Find ways to assess your members to uncover their capacities.

Establish the objectives: Be clear. Leaders should understand situations before they determine what the team is striving for. Goals are the big picture of what we want to make and see happen. Ensure that the goals are relatable, strong, powerful, attainable, and realistic. As a leader, you need to make sure everyone on the team needs to know what the objective is, and everyone is objective needs to be the same. You could also set goals and action plans with trusted and knowledgeable members.

Connection: Let us aim for the same goal. Every leader should be aware that not everyone is a fan of teamwork. Each team member must have an emotional connection (fanatic) to the objectives. Help them see reasons for why they need to get past themselves. That way, they will operate at their optimum until the group's objectives are achieved. Make the success of the general objectives be rewarding to each member's goal. That way, you push them into synergetic mode. Create inspiration for the teams. Also, being a member of a team requires personal commitment and dedication to the overall success of the objective. Synergistic leaders should want to look closely into periodic and consistent empowerment. Teams consist of human beings, and we are frail and changing. Even leaders! Have each other's backs. Leaders need to be confident that all teammates are aware that they will not be left high and dry. Inspiring environments with a sense of belonging and growth are what people crave. Plan that, leader.

Transparency/Communication/Accountability: One undeniable key to success is communication. To create synergy, when leaders have more than one group/person working on a task(s), it is important to know how each individual feels about the situation, and how confident and satisfied they are with the decisions made. Synergy is achieved when your people can freely put forward their different ideas. Leaders also need to keep every member in the loop, keep them abreast sensitively of what is happening. Remember to accept genuine feedback from them. Things are getting better that way as leaders earn followers' loyalty and trust.

Success systems and structures: Here, a leader is to consider all odds and favors of his leadership, which means creating the team's decided rules for working together in every season. Structures and systems are like a dynamic duo to sorting out and syncing the obstacles and resources available to you. Goals need to be clearly defined for each person to understand what success looks like and systems are meant to simplify how and what to help make their evolving responsibilities possible to achieve. The leader and the team get the best solutions to the organization's problems and can achieve missions and visions when implementable structures are in place. To achieve this idea of synergistic leadership, it requires updating or the creation of new leadership structures that give room for the enhancement of collective efforts. Structures such as evaluation and assessment, research and development, welfare, discipline, reporting, etcetera. Leaders need to ensure that every person and activity are navigated and supervised accurately and effectively through periods of leadership. Systems and structures enable ideas and talents to float.

Synergy Evolvement in Teams

"Synergy is better than my way or your way. It is our way."

Stephen Covey.

Synergy moves from one to two, or more. And that requires a lot. It requires a change and some efforts. Synergistic leadership should empower the available framework to organize the input and output of collective resources. The ways synergy results in more will be summarized into these three concepts:

Self-awareness and awareness of others: Synergy exists as the pair merges talents to create a final piece. Some actions and communications such as those mentioned above need to have occurred for the possibility of members to align their individual skill sets, talents, insights, personal experiences, and individual identities with the values and goals of the group objectives. The awareness is needed to provide emotional and mental systems of interconnections and fluidity amongst your followers or members. In organizations, there is the process of interviews, the submission of curriculum vitae, and the HR officer's assessment of the applicant's suitableness for the job. For non-profit organizations, we have the idea of volunteering forms and a list of expected qualities and responsibilities, and lots more. Leaders are obligated with the duty of recognizing each follower's different styles, if possible, before any work gets done or any member hops into the team. In synergistic leadership, we become team-driven!

Knowledge development through collaboration: Strengthen your organizations and related relationships through individual development and interactions. Prominent, healthy, and growing leaders or firms are known to create opportunities for related knowledge acquisition and skill development for their personnel. The goal of every leader is to show measurable enhancements and growth within core interpersonal behaviors and operational skills of members. Synergistic leadership should produce high-performing groups and teams, and strategically come up with methodologies and ideas to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of members and managers. Your leadership should enable continuous and conscious organizational learning and ways to ensure and facilitate the alignment of all personal values to collective efforts. Also, what we see on the outside and on paper is not all there is to people. There is something called chance. Perhaps, put well, opportunity! When applicants are granted the job, their full capabilities or flaws cannot be readily deduced. But through acceptance to perform and hands-on jobs (collaboration), leaders can assess what actions to take to move on to the next step.

Transformation through understanding and action: This is what occurs at the end of synergy. All the efforts above, by the leader and the team, will give room to explain how the lack of orchestrating efforts will lead to lesser results than expected. A farmer who plants and waters accurately is sure of the harvest periods. The leadership with synergy facilitates working with and through others to identify and achieve common goals. Proof: marked changes in the people involved and in the objectives the leader has set or stated.

Keep Trotting, never give up on your pursuit of success

Roy Pinder (Dr. P)

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