The team leader's role has direct impact, and the tangible returns you see can have significant motivation. The skill of influence is one that team leaders need to master early on given the upward and downward communication to their own boss and team members. Influence has been defined as " the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.".
Influence becomes a critical skill set when you are not in the driver's seat. So using the skill of influence to ensure a project roll out continues as smooth as it should may involve strong relationships with your stakeholders, team members and boss.
Influence is grounded in trust, respect and strong relationships. Without these it is not possible to influence. For those interested in the topic, a great read is Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson et al.
Part of the team leader role is to support team members to connect with what ignites them, so that they can bring their best self to work every day. Supporting team members to connect with strengths, passions and what they are great at, is an important focus in 1-1s as well as other team development activities. I've blogged regularly on these topics this year and I hope that you have a range of ideas that you might be able to pull from.
Finally, I is for initiate and initiative. Great teams get things done. Cultivating initiative on each team member's part requires that we don't micro-manage, rather we let people get their work done. How are you encouraging team members to initiate work, changes and evolutions?
What else related to the word I comes to mind when you think of the team leader role? As always, please feel free to comment below.
Have a great start to your week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Leadership | Teamwork | Coaching
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