Leading any kind of team is tough, and you have to keep a lot of leadership tactics in mind if you want to do it right. If you can pull it off, though, you’ll experience a level of satisfaction the other team members just don’t get. Let’s go over nine specific tactics leaders should incorporate into their routines.
In this article, we’ll be talking about how to lead using office workplace terminology like “company” and “employee.” You can apply these rules to any leadership setting, however.
Be a Team Member
Your employees should see you as a team member. You should have a clearly defined role in the organization, and that role should be equally as important as what anyone else is doing.
Even more importantly, you should never talk down to the rest of the team as if they are your inferiors. Treat them as peers you are working with, not people who are working for you.
People underestimate how much more efficiently someone can perform if they are confident in their own ability. As an effective leader, part of your job should be to make your team members feel confident by letting them know when they’re doing a good job. Further results will follow.
Walk the Walk
If you expect your team members to put in work, you’d better be working yourself. If you’re not, you will lose their respect and loyalty.
Turn Failure Into a Learning Opportunity
First of all, effective leadership understands that failure is not an inherently bad thing to happen in business. In fact, it often presents the best learning opportunities.
Next, pass this understanding on to your team members. Do not discourage risks that may very well fail, and do not chastise them if they fail. Instead, suggest to them how they can learn from their failure and make sure they are taking the self-improvement process seriously.
Ask for Input
As we have noted, you are not your team’s superior member, and you should not be making decisions alone. Yes, you are the one to “pull the trigger” on decisions, but you should ask your team members what they think before you do.
It would be best if you also asked for feedback on your own performance. Effective leadership goes hand-in-hand with self-awareness, and getting a group consensus on how you’re doing as a leader now and then is helpful.
Studies have shown that people get more done if they have concrete objectives to work towards. Thus, team leaders should identify metrics that accurately reflect the success of their company and set numeric goals in that area for the team to reach for.
Stop the Buck
President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk in the oval office, which read “the buck stops here.” That phrase means that any issue brought to Truman at his desk would not be deferred to someone else. Instead, Truman would take the issue off the hands of whoever brought it to him and get to the bottom of it.
Like Truman, a team leader should be a problem-solver. If one of their team members brings them a problem, the team leader should not refer them to someone else. Instead, the leader should accept the problem, contact someone else himself if need be, and then get back to the person who asked them about the problem in the first place!
As a leader, you need to keep your team members stimulated by continually changing up the organization. There is, of course, something to be said for a central routine and familiar framework. The issues facing a team are always changing, though, so it’s important you change up the details surrounding that routine to reflect that.
To unify your team, encourage the members to work together. Whenever you can, reach out to multiple team members and suggest they work together on a specific project.
Encouraging teamwork has many benefits. It will let the team members get to know and appreciate each other, giving way to more effective communication in the future. It is conducive to innovative problem-solving that a solo team member might not come up with. And it builds the group’s culture.
Read up on other tips to improve company culture, another cornerstone of effective leadership.
As Maurice Flanagan wrote, “some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them.” Whatever the case, though, being a leader is never the easiest role. Hopefully, these nine tips for effective leadership will guide you through.
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