Key challenges in building a high-performance leadership team

Welcome to our fortnightly update of all the latest articles on leadership and high-performance teams.

Building a high-performance leadership team is critical for sustained business success. But as I’m sure you know well, doing so is not without its challenges.

This edition we look at some of the specific challenges associated with building a high-performing leadership team, including transitioning leaders into the C-suite and maintaining a sustainable leadership pipeline.

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Ascending to the C-suite
Nearly one-third of new executives fail to meet overall objectives for their new C-level role. Executives reporting the most successful transitions focus on communicating priorities, valuing their team and spending time on culture. (McKinsey)

Are you prepared for the leadership gap?
New research reveals that only 11% of employees aspire to C-level positions. As millions of baby boomers get ready to retire, this presents real challenges for leadership succession. This article lists some suggestions to help close the leadership gap at your organisation. (CIO)

How to build a successful management team
Chris Curtin has run large global teams at Disney, HP and Visa. He has a great two-point ‘investment strategy’ whether you’re building a high-performance team or starting a new company – invest in health and people smarter than you. (Fortune) 

Forget the vision, make the connections
New leaders usually have two priorities – how best to allocate financial resources and how best to allocate human resources. Mindy Hall says they’re skipping a key first step – making meaningful connections. (Strategy + Business)

How to refocus a meeting after someone interrupts
Dealing with interrupters during a meeting can be challenging, and can lead to wasted time and productivity. Handle the frustrating situation by going in with an agenda and redirecting the conversation to the purpose of the meeting. (Harvard Business Review)

Why smaller teams are better than larger ones
Smaller teams tend to work better together than their larger counterparts, for a number of reasons. Help your team to avoid these traps whilst keeping them accountable, productive and engaged. (Forbes)

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