Dealing with Cross Functional Teams
Being able to effectively influence your own team is challenging enough; learning how to influence people and teams in other functions is on a whole different level. But both challenges involve common skills, and both have an impact on how successful you are as a manager. Can your managers work across functions?
As the leader of a team, managers need to know how to fully engage their team members in a collaborative effort to reach common goals and accountabilities. In most organizations today, managers also need to be able to effectively navigate across functions and harness the efforts of those outside their team to ensure success. Leaders need to build relationships beyond their team – across functions and often across geographies.
In new manager training, new managers learn they cannot rely simply on their title to get things accomplished. The best leaders use their influencing skills to enlist the support of others to get the job done.
How to Build Relationships Across Functions
To effectively lead a high performing team to deliver with quality and speed, leaders need strong influencing practices. Here are some tips on how to help managers work across functions to build relationships with stakeholders outside the team who matter to the team’s success:
The Bottom Line
To help managers work across functions, ensure that your management development programs include the ability to effectively influence key stakeholders across functions. Are your managers doing all they can to establish a network that will support their team’s success?
To learn more about how to help managers work across functions, download 6 Ways to Foster Better Project Team Collaboration
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