Where Are You Leading Your Team?

Photo by Nick Gouw Unspalsh

Let’s Do It!

KEY POINTS:

  1. THE LEADER IS IMPORTANT
  2.  CLEAR GOALS HELP THE TEAM
  3. EACH TEAM MEMBER NEEDS A ROLE

IN A NUTSHELL

What does it take to be a good team leader? If you have just assumed this position or are wondering how to do it better, I have a few suggestions

THE LEADER IS IMPORTANT

It seems obvious, but it is necessary bring this out. It doesn’t mean that you are a dictator. That won’t work anymore. You need good communication and listening skills plus some empathy for the other person.

CLEAR GOALS

Clarity is essential. So the first thing that has to be done is work together until you are clear about what the task is and how to achieve it. That is your main responsibility as a leader at this point. It would be unwise to go further until you are certain that everybody understands what the end goal is.

TRANSPARENCY

Communication must be honest, consistent and without a hidden agenda. Trust among team members is the result.

ROLES OF TEAM MEMBERS

Select team members for the skills that they can contribute. Although each will bring different abilities, each should feel that his/her contribution is valued. In this regard, it is essential that each member of the team have his/her voice heard. You need to be sure that  those who are silent need to be encouraged.

CONFLICTS

Work with team members to place harmony and cooperation above conflicts which interfere with the successful completion of goals.

 BE A GOOD LISTENER

A good leader is a good listener. That means that you talk less and listen more. The result is that you get good ideas and team members feel valued.

Published by pitman

I am a Business English Coach who works with managers and other professionals helping them to perform at their best when it is most important: such as a presentation, meeting with an important client, or a job interview. I am also a resource person for teachers of Business English.

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