CIPS Teams, Leadership and Management Tools


Leadership tools

A procurement team is a group of professional individuals who come together or whom are placed together with a view to achieving a common goal.

 

This common goal is best achieved through the presence of a strong leader or manager.

 

Leadership relates to influencing, encouraging and motivating and management is linked to controlling, telling and implementing tactical actions.

 

Each has its place within industry but leadership is a preferred option due to the more ethical approach.

 

Teams and groups are often mistaken for being the same. There are distinct differences between the two. Teams are formed to achieve a desired outcome whereas groups are formed by individuals who share an interest.

 

Teams can occur naturally within a procurement environment i.e. the department itself is a team of individuals who are all working towards achieving the same goal. A goal such as providing a cost effective function for the business in which they work.

 

Teams can also be created for particular projects whereby individuals are selected based on criteria such as their knowledge, their understanding and application of soft skills or their attention to detail.

 

All teams consist of a variety of roles and go through the same stages in their formation .

 

All teams need direction in the form of somebody who will take responsibility, ensure deadlines are met and targets are achieved. This individual could be in the form of a leader or a manager.

 

Leadership embraces individuals, two way communication, feedback and empowerment and management represents dictation, control, authority and process.

 

There is a place for each within business and in some situations managers have to operate over leaders. This decision is made when the individuals are not receptive to leadership and need a stronger force to ensure the end result happens in the correct manner.

 

Some individuals respond better to a management approach and others work well with leadership.

 

Often in an emergency or step change situation managers have to be present to ensure that things happen promptly due to the lack of time or resource to engage with individuals or focus on empowerment as this could be detrimental to meeting the goal. In such situations risk could be at a higher level if leadership was encouraged.

 

CIPS members sign in to access the tools below to help you to manage your team and become a more effective leader.