We often refer to groups, organizations etc as our “team”, but are they really a team? Teams need dedication and training. Here are some ideas to focus on when turning your group of peers into a functioning team.
Train, study and train, prepare, and train thoroughly, endlessly.
Strive to maintain individual stability and unit integrity; keep the same leader as long as possible if they’re getting the job done. Needless changes disrupt teamwork.
Emphasize use of the “buddy” system.
Never publicly blame an individual for the team’s failure nor praise one individual for the team’s success.
Provide the best available facilities for training and make maximum use of teamwork.
Ensure that all training is meaningful, and that its purpose is clear to all members of the staff.
Acquaint each individual of your staff with the capabilities and limitations of others, thereby developing mutual trust and understanding.
Base team training on realistic, current, and probable conditions.
Insist that everyone understands the functions of the other members of the team and how the team functions as a part of the whole.
Stop wasting time with meaningless meetings, whatever kind of organizations you’ve been a part of, sure you’ve attended a meeting that could have been an email. Make sure only necessary team members attend—there is nothing worse then attending a meeting that doesn’t apply to you. Do your best to keep everyone engaged, don’t allow for distractions (instruct that cell phones are to be left outside).
While the cliché stands that two or more minds is better than one actually making a group decision is quite challenging even when the decision is of smaller consequence. To improve group decision making make sure you define the task. Choose the right team members to work with to come to a decision. Set criteria for the decision to be made. Brainstorm and set in stone several options before voting or discussing. Come up with a pre-agreed upon selection process. Develop plans to put the decision into action. Evaluate the effectiveness of the decision and the process that created it.
As you improve yourself you need to support your employees in their personal development. It is important as it makes everyone on the team better. Give team members time to fully engage with new learning and skill development. You might even develop some in-house opportunities for essential skill sets for new team members. Follow up with your team members and discuss what they’ve learned and how they are applying it. When everyone is always improving there will be fewer stoppages to instruct in areas where team members lack.
Take the lead with self-care and self-learning. Demonstrate by doing. You are effectiveness as leader is dependent on your own health and personal improvement.
Healthier people usually have more energy, think more clearly, have a longer attention span and don’t get sick as often. Good leaders should be eating a healthy diet—consult your physician on what this may mean for you. Strive to get enough, quality sleep. Do your best to partake in physical activity—you might even make group exercise a part of your team’s day on occasion. Try to mitigate stress.
Being a good leader means staying on top of your game. Don’t feel pressured to always have all the answers, but you should always be learning new skills, studying new subject matter and developing your leadership tools. While you are surely busy you’ll want to make the best use of your time. Commit. Set real deadlines and block out time for self-improvement on your calendar in pen. Immediately find ways to put new knowledge, skills and tools into practice. You don’t actually learn until you use new knowledge.
Finally, celebrate your successes. This will help subconsciously reinforce the value of a healthy lifestyle and ongoing learning.
Once again, Forbes.com is giving some leadership advice. In this article titled “The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes”, contributor Glenn Llopis shares some insight.
He says as people consume more content via multiple mobiledevices and social media platforms, reading all sorts of publications and blogs, observe what the leaders of your organization read.
…the content they create and/or read shapes how they lead.
He goes on to say that leaders read content that fuels their knowledge and keeps them on their toes. Effective leaders will also supply their own content and distribute the content of other leaders. In a study by his organization, they found that 85% of leaders are more interested in being in-the-know than learning the-know-how.
Here are the top 10 leadership content themes that leaders are reading when he conducted the study:
# 1 Managing People
# 2 Propel Innovation and Initiative
# 3 Career Management
# 4 Performance Improvements
# 5 Problem Solving Techniques
# 6 Change Management
# 7 Make More Money
# 8 (tied) Networking
# 8 (tied) Relationships
# 9 Time Management
#10 Workplace Culture
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