I have led several large and small teams as a business owner and Fitness Studio Manager. No amount of technical skills or experience can replace the need for excellent, interpersonal communication skills. Here are 10 ways to become a better team leader at work:
Management Guru Ken Blanchard has stated ” People who produce good work feel good about themselves.” If your main goal is to make yourself look good, you will miss out on the best part of leadership. Trust, camaraderie, and a shared goal of success are better achieved through kindness.
Don’t expect the team to create their own definition of success. Inform your team when you first come together exactly what is expected of them. Define for them what success looks like.
Recognize that you may be leading members who have more experience than you do. Be open to new ideas which they present to you.
You will make mistakes and be wrong from time to time. Put your pride to the side. Own it, accept it, and move on. Your team will respect you for it.
People get sick, cars break down, and countless other day to day situations can affect our ability to do good work. Accommodate your team as you would want your manager to accommodate you.
Not every team member will be the right fit for your project. This realization may not be apparent initially. Be strong enough to replace team members when the need arises. Your role is to support the success of the whole team.
Staying behind closed doors may be possible, but not advisable. Be available for your team to serve as an adviser. Some CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies have worked in cubicles alongside their employees. Roll up your sleeves and share your skills with your team in any way needed.
If your team is not producing at the level which you expect, tell them. If you don’t communicate your grievances, they may wrongly believe you are satisfied with their work.
Author and Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins states, “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” When the team is not meeting the goals which have been defined for them, take corrective action. Determination will keep you and the team on track.
Perhaps most important for any team leader is the ability to reflect on past, present, and future versions of yourself and your team. Harmony and success of any work team are possible only when the leader has a vision, and can communicate it clearly.