You might already have a great team in place at your company. You’ve worked on becoming a better team player, and you’ve made sure to hire and add great people to your team as you continue to grow. Now, you have to focus on the next step: continuing to encourage and improve team performance.
Being a good team leader involves guiding, instructing, directing, and of course leading your team to success. You need to set goals for your team and remind them to give their personal best, too. Below we discuss leadership strategies for you to take your team to the top.
1. Support Innovation
Inventiveness is required to stay ahead of the game, so you need to set up a workplace that encourages productive creativity. Schedule regular brainstorming sessions as well as breaks to help your workers relax. Encourage “brainwriting,” or a quick and constant writing down of ideas, and make sure to really reward great ideas with a handwritten note or a word of praise. Check out LACRM-customer Alejandro Escalante for a real-life example of the effects of supporting your team.
Encouraging creativity also means allowing for failure. Very creative people and teams will come up with many ideas, only a few of which will prove successful. Instead of focusing on blame, try to figure out the cause of less successful ideas. This way, everyone will learn from their mistakes and move on.
2. Encourage Skill Development
Let your team know that learning is expected on the job. If someone needs more practical skills to take on a particular project, encourage them to take a course or find a colleague to mentor them. Allowing team members to stretch their wings (and skillset) creates a culture of support, continued learning, and, as we listed above, innovation.
Giving employees opportunities to cross train can also help fuel enthusiasm and productivity. Team members may become more comfortable working together when they have clear roles as mentor and mentee.
3. Build Commitment
A team may disagree on strategies, directions, issues, and opportunities during the discussion process, but each member must be fully committed to the outcome. If you practice clear communication and good listening skills, team members should feel free to come forward with concerns and know that they will be heard. Feeling like they are a part of decision making processes will go a long way towards also feeling accountable and responsible for project outcomes.
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