Five common signs of a dysfunctional leadership team

schedule Dec 2nd 01:45 - 02:15 PM place Grand Ball Room 1

Atlassian is the most successful tech company to come out of Australia, and healthy leadership teams are critical to Atlassian’s ongoing success. These leadership teams, often referred to as triads, are responsible for driving the direction and delivery of Atlassian’s products and platforms. They are cross-functional, most commonly represented by Engineering, Product Management and Design. But it’s not all rosy. Leadership teams are vulnerable to the same problems that befall regular teams, as well as additional pitfalls that come from being in a leadership position. If a leadership team breaks down, this can have a catastrophic ripple effect across teams and projects. How can you spot the signs of a failing, dysfunctional leadership team?

In this talk, two cross-functional members of an Atlassian triad will reflect on past experience in the triad structure. We’ll provide practical advice grounded in real examples, reflecting on what has worked well, what has been lacking and what are the clear & common danger signs to look out for. You'll come away with practical takeaways to help you reflect on your own leadership team and make significant improvements.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction

  • Common Dysfunctions

    • Unclear Expectations

    • Unbalanced Teams

    • Unproductive Conflict

    • Ineffective Communication

    • Withholding Information

  • Picture of a healthy leadership team

  • Summary

Learning Outcome

In this talk, two cross-functional members of an Atlassian triad will reflect on past experience in the triad structure. We’ll provide practical advice grounded in real examples, reflecting on what has worked well, what has been lacking and what are the clear & common danger signs to look out for. You'll come away with practical takeaways to help you reflect on your own leadership team and make significant improvements.

Target Audience

Engineering leaders, Product Managers, Designers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Leadership experience

schedule Submitted 2 months ago