Being a team leader can be challenging. A team leader role can be complicated, as you are managing a group of people and this can’t always be a smooth ride. Whilst it is hard to prepare for any issues that may arise, you can better yourself and improve the way you perform within your role. Recently we were lucky enough to enjoy a great webinar with the extremely successful Hermin Salak and managed to take away some great tips on becoming a good team leader. Included below are the tips that will benefit you in your role and lead you to success.
Motivational Team Management
It is so important within your role to motivate your team to good results. There are many ways to motivate your team but the best way to start is to rule out anything that demotivates them. The main way to demotivate your team is by complaining to them about mistakes. When someone makes a mistake it is important to discuss it with them, but you need to manage it the right way. If you consistently complain or focus on the negative, you will demotivate your staff. When mistakes happen try to focus on the positives first. What did they do right? What good work have they been doing? Speak to your team on a human level, praise them, then address the mistake and what they can do to avoid it in the future. Not only will this help to motivate them, but it will make you approachable when something does go wrong. Always try to remain positive and this will make your team respond in a positive way.
A lot of your time within a team leading role will be talking to your team about performance or tasks. Whilst this is something you have to do within your role, you need to make sure you also listen to your team. A good way of doing this is by holding regular team meetings, either once a week or once a month. This will create a great chance for you to listen to your team. Try to ask them if they have any ideas to improve the work or if there is any questions that they need answering. You also need to remember that some people don’t feel comfortable in group sessions, if this is the case organize one to one sessions. Again this will allow your team to feel comfortable with you, let them know that your door is always open to discuss things work or personal.
Achievable and Clear Goals
Setting goals for your team is something that comes hand in hand with your role. When setting goals you need to set clear guidelines of how you need your team to perform. It is so important that the goals you set are clear and understandable. Never try to overcomplicate them or put unachievable goals to your team. The last thing your team will need is overcomplicated instructions or a workload they physically can’t achieve. This will lead your team to unnecessary stress and instantly demotivate them.
This is how you can be a great team leader.
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