Leading a team can be a challenging, thrilling, and rewarding job, all at the same time. As a team leader, you expect your team members to thrive and achieve their full potential. But this will require your guidance, support, and direction. How you lead your team has an impact on the success of your company. So what can you do to manage your team to achieve success?
Here are 6 effective ways from top leaders to manage your team.
According to Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, being ‘decisive’ is one of the most important skills a leader can develop. You should learn to look at the broader picture before you make any big decisions. Leaders should learn how to make decisions quickly in all situations including periods of growth and times of crisis.
Branson also suggests that a good leader should be confident and calm and “visible to his team.”
Toney Scherba of Yeti says that your team can always “tell if you are hiding something.” So you should never hide anything from them. you should be open with your team.
He wants leaders to “share your vision” with your team, which helps in making you a better leader. Yeti is a well-known software development company whose list of clients include Google, Qualcomm, MIT, Britney Spears, and Hershey’s.
Max Levchin, the co-founder of PayPal, says that you should take steps to “get the best out of your team.” He says that it is the most important job of a team leader to get the their people to deliver their bet.
Some of his key suggestions include:
According to him, a greater leader will know how to push, cheer, and take care of their team in times of growth and crisis.
Tatiana Lyons of ‘Your Creativity Leads’ says that you should surround yourself with people who are even smarter than you. A successful leader always builds teams that comprise of people having expertise in their areas. He suggests adding people to your team who can be smarter than the one hiring them.
A good leader also knows the importance of giving all the space to his team members to innovate and grow. This not only helps you bring out the best from them, this can also help you earn their trust and loyalty.
Courtney Beuchart of Eleven, Inc. says that great leaders don’t just ‘hear’ to their team members, they know how to listen. It is also important to help people understand what you say. This is because there can be a world of a difference between what you say and what people hear. According to Beuchart, this has been the “most important skill” her professional career’s success.
Andrew Benett of Havas Worldwide says that there can be no team without cohesion. He suggests assembling teams to manage each assignment. It is important to carefully assemble diversity in both skills and backgrounds to achieve success.
He adds that you will find some teams to be better performers than others. These teams had greater cohesion between them compared to the lesser performing teams. Such teams spent more time together and showed genuine care towards each other.
Effective team management is both a science and art. And there are almost endless tips that you can learn from leaders from around the world. If you want to build a great team, the above-mentioned tips should help you succeed in a wide range of areas