New and experienced team leaders (virtual and in person) are usually thrown in to a new role and tested immediately whether they wall sink or swim. More often than not leaders don’t have all the training, they need, nor may they have mentors in place. Today’s post shares six items that new and experienced team leaders have indicated as being core success factors in effectively doing their work.
Trust – The ability to build trust and connection with our team, your boss an other stakeholders is key to success with tam leaders. In low trust environments behaviors such as gossip, low productivity and lower follow through occur. It is likely that there is a history of things that have built trust and destroyed trust in the team in the past. As new team leaders we may want to address the issue head on – naming the elephant n the room. What are the activities you can undertake to build trust in the team this month? What does the team feel they need in order to strengthen trust.
Clarity, Clear communication and clear direction is key in the work of a tam leader. Consider for each person what “Clarity” looks like and sounds like. Do they want the big picture? Do they want all the details. Some team members may prefer written communication where others may prefer face to face communication whereas others may want it done remotely Consider what clarity means for each team member.
Relationships- Relationships are key to success in the world of a team leader. work is done through relationships and the skill of influence is key. Take some time to identify what you see as key internal and external relationships you need to foster. Schedule time in to do this on a regular basis, If not, is it likely that this is the one area that gets overlooked in the urgency of the immediate, yet it is the area focus is required around.
Expectations –People remember the start and end of things and creating clear expectations is key to team leader success today. It’s not just about your expectations but creating shared expectations. Have discussion about what you expect of the team and what the can expect from you. Explore with your boss what her/his expectations are in terms of results, focus, scheduling etc.
Commitment – Unwavering commitment is also critical for success for new team leaders. I doesn’t mean that we have to agree with everything, but we do need to be fully engaged and committed to our work. Consider what is going to help you be fully “on wen you are working. What are you committed to in your work as a leader. What are you committed to doing with your team?
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