One of the most important challenges that a leader has, once he has selected the team with which he will try to achieve the stated objectives, is to lead that team.
Among the most required skills to carry out this task are interpersonal skills, that is, the possibility of dealing with the team, and guiding them towards the achievement of the proposed objectives.
One of the most outstanding tasks in your role of leading the team will be to try to obtain the best possible performance from each member, ensuring that one offers the best of himself.
The leader will achieve the objectives that the team reaches, that is, he will go as far as the team, under his leadership, takes him. If the leader drives well, he will go a long way, but if he doesn’t, he probably won’t accomplish the goals. It’s the same as having a great car and a bad driver.
On the other hand, in this type of situation, it is highly relevant to lead by example. The team will be permanently observing what the leader does to see if this corresponds to her speech. Without a question, the team is a critical component in accomplishing the goals, hence it is critical to lead it effectively.
Leadership actions to promote teamwork
- Assertive communication: Communication is key and fosters an environment of respect and honesty. Each person can give their point of view on the improvement of the processes, and talk about the difficulties in their work and its management. Knowing how to communicate not only implies transmitting a message, but also listening and interpreting the team’s signals. In addition, it is necessary to do it assertively.
- Celebration of achievements: Never lose sight of praising good ideas or goals achieved, even spreading them throughout the organization. Recognizing the triumph of a team member inspires other members to improve or contribute ideas at work. For big wins, you could host a dinner where each member can share their particular achievement. You could even think of financial compensation. It is about recognizing achievement and motivating the team.
- Problem-solving by team members: When dealing with problems, the best is to encourage your team to brainstorm and come up with their suggestions, rather than coming up with solutions – this allows them to spark their imagination, confidence, and sense of belonging. Involving the team in company decision-making gives them a sense that their work is important to the company. You can organize a brainstorm with the suggestions of your workgroup to solve any problem. After this, another meeting should be held to evaluate the results.
- Constant feedback and training: With this, we help our team not only meet their employment goals but also identify space to advance and develop their skills to advance in their careers. Personal fulfillment is reflected in the workspace. It is important to grant freedom and trust to team members.
- Control the big picture: Always keep in view both the small details and the big events. Make sure that your team is accomplishing the day-to-day tasks without losing sight of the general objectives because in this way they will feel accompanied.
- Empathy and respect: Empathy consists of putting yourself in the place of another and thus understanding the way they act and think. Some members of the team may be facing a difficult situation and as a leader, you must know it and provide support. Simply ask a question like “Is everything okay?” shows you care about your team and helps build relationships. Respect is also acquired when your partners show the same level of respect for you and when you’re not afraid to admit mistakes and take risks.
- Collaborative goals for collaborative results: It may take a little more time and planning at first, but sharing, setting, and defining common goals pays big dividends.
- Emotional intelligence: Being a leader involves many challenges, which is why learning and practicing emotional intelligence makes things easier. When we talk about qualities of emotional intelligence, we refer to motivation, self-regulation, social skills, self-awareness, and empathy. You must know yourself first and not act on impulse, that is, manage to control yourself and act with a cool head. After this, you may meet the members of the work team. Building a solid work team is not easy, but it always pays off.
- Resilience: Organizations and effective leadership are closely linked with the ability to benefit from the change. The innovation and rapid adaptability that this involves is a fundamental spark to encourage and encourage the work team. But there is no resilient team without a resilient leader. The team must be oriented to meet the objectives using the scenario to adapt to business demand. A resilient leader is known for his confidence because he shares information, stimulates communication, and is attached to his ideals such as integrity, honesty, and self-discipline. Let’s see other tools so that you can consolidate yourself as a leader and improve the productivity of the company.
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