Team leadership is important to the success of the team, although an effective leader is not always the most important. It is essential for team leaders to implement their vision, setting team goals and to ensure teams are fulfilling their roles. It isn’t about dominance, power and making all the decisions but about empowerment and ownership.
Team Leadership and Guidance
When leaders train and provide information, it provides an opportunity for teams to perform at their highest level. Effective team leadership can only be done with guidance, after understanding how the team should truly function.
Guidance should consist of plans to support the team, and how best to move forward.
- Ensure all team members understand the goals
- Assign team member roles and their responsibilities
- Don’t forget to remind team members they are part of a shared goal
- Set up clear deadlines to ensure individuals completes their assigned task
Valuing Team Members
Valued diversity is crucial from leaders, as it helps each individual, recognise and understand why they are on the team. This also helps team members understand each other better and, appreciate individuals perspectives.
DEVELOPING TEAM MORALE
Team leaders should ensure moral is high on the list, and one of the most important steps in bringing their teams together. When morale is high in a working environment, it contributes to the success of your company.
“Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.” – Zig Ziglar
Team Leadership and Sharing
If team members are brought together to simply uphold decisions, then they may not function as a team! Only when there is a feeling of sharing leadership, do team members accept responsibility and interact with each other effectively.
This could be done by sharing information and tasks, and assigning roles such as: asking and giving information, clarifying shared goals, shared agreement and more. It is also important to encourage involvement, and create feelings of harmony throughout the team.
To become a great leader you need to motivate through positive criticism, and recognise the accomplishments of your team members. When you gain the trust of the employees, they will open up and respect you, thus increasing productivity and moving forward together.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan