TMS Concepts

Linking Skills

People Linking Skills

Arranged around the outside of the model are the six People Linking Skills. These skills need to be implemented as part of the workplace behavior of the team leader and all team members, if a team is to be high-performing. 

Active Listening - Linkers listen before deciding

Communication - Linkers keep team members up to date on a regular basis

Team Relationships - Linkers encourage respect, understanding, and trust among team members

Problem Solving and Counseling - Linkers are available and responsive to people's problems

Participative Decision Making - Linkers involve team members in the problem solving of key issues

Interface Management - Linkers coordinate and represent team members

Task Linking Skills

Inside the People Linking Skills are the five Task Linking Skills. These are essential to the key tasks of the leader and the more senior team members.

Objectives Setting - Linkers set achievable targets with the team but always press them for improved performance

Quality Standards - Linkers set an example and agree on high quality work standards with the team

Work Allocation - Linkers allocate work to people based on their capabilities and preferences

Team Development - Linkers develop balance in their team

Delegation - Linkers delegate work when it is not essential to do it themselves

Leadership Linking Skills

At the core of the Linking Leader Model are the two Leadership Linking Skills of Motivation and Strategy. Unless the leader has these skills and makes them part of their daily behavior then the team is unlikely to reach its full potential.

Motivation - Linkers inspire others to give their best

Strategy - Linkers devise effective action plans to achieve goals 

Unless all Linking Skills are exercised effectively, a team may lose momentum and direction. The Linking Leader Profile Questionnaire (LLPQ) is especially designed for team leaders and it uses 78-items to assess all Linking Skills.