Try these intentional tips as you lead teams and individuals on the road to success.
The organization is depending on you to lead ... and lead well. You're finding it's not just about numbers, goals, and projections (though those are quite important to success); it's about the individuals on your team. Each of these employees looks to you as a boss, as a compass, and as a mentor.
Take some time to read through tips you can implement by the end of the day to become a better boss ... and a better you.
Lead the way you're wired. No one, especially those on your team, will respond well to fabricated leadership. Take time to know and develop your strengths and use these strengths to influence your style of leadership. Being real also includes being honest—truly honest. When giving accolades or corrections, be truthful about what you're observing and how to go forward.
Be self-aware and own your own stuff, and be willing to apologize when you're wrong or have made a mistake. Although it feels vulnerable, genuine apologies help you build trust within your team.
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Believe the Best
Your team looks to you for realistic approaches and outcomes. Your optimistic outlook for each project, each goal, and each possibility is contagious across your entire team. Believe the best in each team member owning his or her own stuff, adding creative wisdom, and truly knocking each task out of the park.
The antithesis of believing the best is being a critical micromanager. You don't like it. No one likes it. Worse yet, no one thrives under micromanagement. Let your team do what they do best and believe in them.
Communicate Your Vision
Be genuinely excited as you share what you see for the near and distant future for the team and organization. Your excitement will trickle down to the smallest task for each team member. But don't just share your vision once. Consistently share it at team meetings, reminding team members why they're doing what they're doing.
Set clear expectations as part of your vision. Realistic timelines with attainable goals motivate teams to dig in and perform. As the work is being accomplished, continue your great work as a coach from the sidelines.
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Find Reasons to Celebrate
Chances are you're leading a team of diverse, talented, and experienced individuals. Look for ways to celebrate and honor. Recognize team accomplishments, individual wins, special clients, go-to vendors, and even failures. That's right, celebrate risks taken and lessons learned.
Be creative as you find ways to celebrate. Celebrate during touch-bases and team meetings. Decorate offices, throw confetti, treat the team to lunch, dedicate a whiteboard where everyone can celebrate each other.
Invest in Your Team
Anyone you supervise is an individual with individual talents, personality strengths, past haunts, and family considerations. Get to know the person you supervise. What are his or her long-term goals? Mentor them and seek out resources together to be sure to reach their goals.
Listen. Let the other person talk and listen to what he or she is saying (and not saying). Discern what's best by listening to others. Give genuine feedback on what you observe.
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Research ways to grow your leadership skills. What are your own weaknesses, and how can you strengthen them? In what ways can you let your personal strengths penetrate your leadership methods? Take classes and read books on leadership. Join a cohort with other leaders within and outside of your company to share insight.
Learn from your team. Take time to find out what interests (even personal interests) individuals and how those interests can benefit the team dynamic and goals.
Take Time to Make Great Decisions
While the world is moving at a lightning speed, take the necessary time to make great decisions. Take into account the organization's goals, how decisions will affect your team members, and what is best for all involved.
Consult with your team members in decision making. This not only gives you greater expertise in making the decision, it also invites team members into a higher level of ownership of the team.
That's right. You know it takes a great deal of grit to be a leader. Put in the hours to complete the necessary tasks of leadership. Verbal and digital communication, planning, execution, troubleshooting, and shifting courses are all part of leadership.
Work alongside your team members and those you supervise. There might be meetings and things you need to take care of on your own, but be present with your team to accomplish great things.