You’ve worked hard, put in the hours, and paid your dues. And that hard work and dedication shows: you’ve been made a team leader.
But now that you have people working under you, your responsibilities have changed. You have to keep your crew motivated, productive, and working like a well oiled machine. Otherwise, your boss may think he made the wrong decision by putting you in charge.
So how do you improve your improve your skills to become a better team leader? Well, there are quite a few ways to be the best leader you can be. And, using that same dedication and persistence that got you to the team leader position, you can improve your own skills to lead your team to success.
Develop your Listening Skills
One of the simplest ways to become a better team leader is to improve your listening skills.
As a team leader, listening is very important. You have to listen to your bosses to know what they expect and need from you and your team, and to make sure you understand and can follow the directions your bosses give to you. You also need to relay these orders and directives to your team members, so developing good listening skills is a must.
You also need to listen to your team; They will keep you informed of any progress or setbacks encountered on the job, and will also voice their concerns and complaints to you, which you will need to be able to handle to be an effective team leader.
Developing good listening skills wil help keep you in the loop and allow you t effectively manage your team.
Delegating authority is another essential skill to effectively leading a team in the workplace. Learn and understand how the delegation of authority can help you meet goals set forth for you by your bosses. Teach your eager team members new skills, and then put them in charge of completing the jobs and tasks they are best suited for, and help them out when necessary.
With good delegation, your team will work effectively and skillfully accomplish goals with little hassle and stress, and your bosses will apreciate how your team effectively completes jobs with a minimum of input from them.
Pay attention to what goes on in your workplace. New developments happen all the time, and knowing whats coming will help you better adapt to the changing dynamics of your job. New company policies? Learn them so you can explain them and answer questions for your team
New equipment or procedures? Take the initiative to learn them, then train your team. Understanding them, how they work, and the best way to use or implement them will help you teach your crew- keeping them safe and well trained. A well trained, knowledgeable crew will reflect back on your skills as a leader.
The best way to lead is by doing. Stay in the habit of rolling up your sleeves and working side by side with your team. With you in the trenches, leading by example, your team will see you are a hard worker and will stand with them when work really gets tough. In turn, they will give you their all, and work hard to ensure the goals you set for them are accomplished correctly and to your satisfaction.
Don’t ask an employee to do something you wouldn’t do yourself, and if you jump right in and take care of some of the less glamorous aspects your team has to deal with, then they won’t hesitate to jump in and do the same. Work hard, and your team will work hard right along with you.
Being a leader can be difficult, but if you put in a little effort to stay on top of your job, then your employees will put in the effort to keep you on top.