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The First-Time Manager’s Guide to Team Building by Gary S. Topchik

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Chapter 15. Team-Spirit Key #4: Decision-Making Authority

The next key in developing team spirit and creating high-performing teams is sharing or turning over as much decision-making authority to them as they are ready for. When teams experience this demonstration of trust, their dedication and performance levels always increase. If the manager remains the sole decision maker, he will have a much harder time getting his teams to high-performing levels.

Teams, depending on their expertise and team skills, can make many decisions that affect their work. They can make decisions on time schedules, which procedures to use, methods for accomplishing their work, who on the team will do the presentation, what resources each team members needs, and even ...

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