Delegation - Delegation is still an area many team leaders struggle with. Key to leadership and empowering our team is letting go and handing off tasks and projects (as appropriate) to those on our team.
As you think about what's on "your list" for January, what are the tasks you can delegate? Who could benefit by taking on this activity?
Read my 5 W post on Delegation from last year for more tips and ideas about delegation (Read past Teams365 posts on delegation here)
Facilitation Skills - Virtual and In Person Business today continues to suffer from what Patrick Lencioni termed "Death by Meeting". What I find commonplace today is "Death by Conference Call" . Leading in a virtual environment requires a firm hand on process, and relationship building skills. It also helps to have some key facilitation skills under your own belt so you can run effective meetings, strategic planning sessions and involve or engage all those around the table.
This year I will be continuing to offer two programs which support leaders and professionals in this domain - the Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive (for those leading virtual meetings and training) and the Facilitation Skills Intensive (for those leading in person meetings, strategic sessions and training). These skills can be a make it or break it for our team. Consider joining me later this month and next to bolster your skills.
Feedback and Difficult Conversations - Providing both positive and constructive feedback also continues to be a challenge for many team leaders. Regular one-on-ones are key to providing feedback regularly and building a performance culture. Likewise, providing all team members with a framework and ability to hold difficult conversations is also key.
Coaching and Mentoring Skills - Going hand in hand with these other skills are coaching and mentoring skills. Our ability as leaders to coach our team members to do their best, and providing mentoring to those that follow are key to organizational capacity development.
Operating in a business context which is likely to continue to increase in complexity, it is even more urgent for us to build bench strength every way possible! Read my summer 2014 series on coaching and mentoring skills. Given that this is one of my areas of expertise, contact me to discuss how we can support you in building these skills in your organization.
Relationship management skills - Finally our relationship management skills are also critical for success in 2015. As team leaders relationships upwards and downwards create success. The ability to influence (when you may not have the final decision), understand and navigate the political context of your organization or industry, and build connections virtually are all key relationship management skills for 2015.
I look forward to continuing to address these topics throughout our daily posts for the year.
As you consider your core skills, which of these are your strength. Which one will be the greatest stretch for you in 2015?
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time
Coaching | Teamwork | Leadership
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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