Whether it’s a sports team, a group of laborers, or a work team in a corporate office, the goal of any team leader is to create a cohesive unit that functions as one. Strong leadership can help make this goal a reality. But even the strongest leader will struggle to create cohesiveness if incentives aren’t aligned.
Lack of Alignment All Too Common
At first, it might seem like the incentives of a team at work would naturally be aligned—doesn’t everyone want to see the team and the organization succeed? But when digging down, one will typically discover sources of conflicting incentives.