Adair approached leadership from a more practical and simple angle; by describing what leaders have to do and the actions they need to take.
His model was figuratively based on three overlapping circles representing:-
Achieve the task.
Build and maintain the team.
Develop the individual.
This creates a clear distinction between leadership and management.
Creating charismatic 'Great Man' leaders is difficult and cannot be relied on.
You cannot guarantee that such a person can be developed and, once developed, that they will be reliable.
Adair's theory is more practical and shows that leadership can be taught and that it is a transferable skill.
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Defining the task: Using SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Constrained) to set a clear objective.
Planning: An open minded, positive and creative search for alternatives. Contingencies should be planned for and plans should be tested.
Briefing: Team briefings by the leader are a basic function and essential in order to create the right atmosphere, foster teamwork and motivate each individual.
Controlling: Leaders need self-control, good control systems in place and effective delegation and monitoring skills in order to get maximum results from minimum resources.
Evaluating: Assess consequences, evaluate performance, appraise and train individuals.
Organising: Good leaders need to be able to organise themselves, their team and their organisation.
Setting an example: The best leaders naturally set a good example. If effort needs to be made it will slip and a bad example is noticed more than a good example.
Motivating Your Team
The eight rules for motivating people:-
Be motivated yourself.
Select motivated people.
Treat each person as an individual.
Set realistic but challenging targets.
Understand that progress itself motivates.
Create a motivating environment.
Provide relevant rewards.
John Adair's work is in line with motivational theorists such as Maslow, McGregor and Herzberg.
He emphasises the need for development of the team and team building.
This can be achieved through team building events and using theories such as that of Belbin.
Where Adair identifies the need, Belbin provides one of the tools.