How to lead a team effectively
It starts with being able to attract the right people to help you lead your team. You must inspire compassion, understanding, and confidence as a leader. This will encourage others to be more confident in following your lead.
Communicate clearly your goals and explain why you believe your direction will lead your team to the desired result. Be sure to explain every detail and strategy involved. The next step in leading effective teams is to empower your employees/followers. You must give direction but also allow them to contribute.
12 ways to be a successful team leader
1. Do not criticise or make a fuss about others.
Criticisms and complaints about people are the best way to discourage them. So avoid doing this. You can help them see the positive things they do and what they have done wrong but in a positive way. Focus on the positive and use mistakes as an opportunity for improvement.
2. Praise improvement, even minor improvements.
Psychologists have long known that people will repeat a behavior that is positive reinforced by them. Positive reinforcement is more effective than using fear tactics or threats to lead your team. Most people want the right thing.
3. Honest and sincere praise is a sign of appreciation.
All people deeply desire significance. Giving genuine and sincere praise is one of the best ways to help fulfill this desire. This is one of the most motivating methods you can use.
4. Encourage others to speak and be an active listener.
People want to feel heard and heard. Sometimes people just want to have a chance to speak, rather than listening to others in conversation. This is a good place to start if you are having trouble understanding. It forces you to listen and understand what the other person is saying. It also reinforces the speaker’s belief that you are truly listening and respecting their words.
5. Show genuine interest in others and make them feel valued.
Everybody’s favourite primary subject is their own human nature. This is evident in social media and the “selfie”. Nobody likes feeling ignored or unappreciated. Be curious about people, and you’ll win their appreciation and, in turn, a cooperative attitude.
6. Let people save face by being sensitive to their pride.
All people are proud of their achievements. They will fight you until the end if you make them feel bad about themselves or call them wrong on something. If you are able to offer criticism and disagreement that allows them to keep face, they will be more open to working with you.
7. Respect other people’s opinions and ideas. See things from their perspective.
You might learn something by trying to understand the point of view of another person. Even if you don’t agree with someone, it will be much easier to respect them.
8. Be honest with yourself if you make a mistake.
Take a moment to reflect on this. While you may not be perfect and you might not always be right, mistakes are possible. Humility is one of the best personality traits you can learn. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of repeating them, wise people learn from their mistakes and admit to them. The wise person will learn and grow by doing this. You will earn the respect of your colleagues if you are honest and humble enough admit to your mistakes.
9. You should set a high standard for your employees and show them that you believe they can succeed.
Your people should set a high standard, believe in them, communicate it to them, and be amazed at the results they achieve.
10. Set clear goals.
The goal setting theory says that goals are the main drivers of intensity and persistence. Both for yourself and the team that you plan to lead.
Simply put, employees who are given difficult goals will perform better than those with easy goals. Furthermore, employees who are given specific goals will perform better than those with more general goals like “do your very best”.
11. Understanding Equity Theory and Practice Procedural justice
This will significantly increase your satisfaction and individual and collective performance. Failure to meet the expectations set can have serious negative effects on morale and future performance.
12. The greatest leadership principle ever made (IMHO)
You can be a great leader if you make it your goal to serve the people you are leading. Many people want the prestige, power and pay that comes with leadership positions. However, few are willing to put in the effort to be an effective leader. Leadership is not about controlling people. It’s about motivating and leading people to achieve a common goal. Encourage your team, take credit for their contributions, praise them and reward them when they succeed. We can adapt the saying, “Be the change you want to see”, to our discussion by saying, “Be the leader you’d like to be led.”
7 Tips to Lead Your Team
- Take the time to lead
- Get to know your team
- Communicate, communicate, communicate
- Be an example
- Recognise the good and learn from the bad (and the ugly)
- Be decisive
- Enjoy It!
Leaders must be serious about mental health and act quickly to prevent it from becoming a problem. Your employees will need to feel more comfortable and warm during the pandemic. You can’t calm your team with plans and spreadsheets. It takes listening to your employees and being willing to face their doubts and discomfort instead of moving on to the next item.
Your employees and you must be motivated to take action. Learn more about leading teams by contacting our staff for a tailored session to suit your team needs.