Background information on the topic of "Lateral Leadership"

Lateral leadership describes a manager without the formal authority to issue instructions within a company. Not being a supervisor, but taking on the corresponding responsibility in a team is the order of the day in many companies. The personal profile is decisive here, because the goal of leading a team or managing a project is successful cooperation with your colleagues.

When you lead a team, you need the respect of the team members, their confidence in you and their self-confidence in allocating tasks and making independent decisions. Authority and collaboration with the team members are equally important, so that all participants can work constructively and at the same time know who is ultimately responsible for answering questions in the team. The delegation of tasks, motivation of individual team players and an overview of the entire project are among the special responsibilities of a lateral manager, because it is their responsibility to coordinate an ongoing and goal-focused collaborative process. This joint project work must be represented at a higher level by the manager without a formalised managerial function, so that their responsibility for the team and the project can be tangibly felt.

In order to be able to act successfully and consciously, it is helpful to get to know the role of lateral leadership: leadership styles, employee behaviour and patterns of communication. Teamwork is only possible if lateral leadership knows how to make the best use of the professional skills of individuals, to recognize difficult situations early on and to deal with conflicts constructively. If it is possible to create a working relationship in which all those involved are committed to working together, leadership without a formalised hierarchical function can become a visible step on the personal career ladder.

The Management Institute Dr. A. Kitzmann offers open seminars on this topic in Münster, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich as well as corresponding in-house trainings nationwide.

Author: Management Institute Dr. A. Kitzmann

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