Team effectiveness is enhanced when the vision and goals of the leader becomes that of the entire team.
– Segun ALONGE
Maintaining an effective team demands you:
1. Appeal to their emotions – Show them you care indeed about their welfare – not only in words but in acts as well. Be concerned about what each and every member is going through – that would raise the level of their respect and trust in you.
People are more important than ideas and goals, isn’t it? Make it obvious to them that they are.
See each one as an ambassador of your brand and cause. Their would greet that with their unflinching support and it’s effects would be clearly seen.
2. Mix harshness and kindness – A successful leader knows the balance between harshness and kindness. Your motive is all that is important here. But first, make them know how much you care about them – If they realize this, they would see your approach – even the tough ones – as a means of stretching their capacity and all round growth.
There must be a strict structure on ground for a disciplinary measure. Hard work should be encouraged and laziness should be spoken out loud against.
3. Build a successful track record – Success alone will help you to unite team members. An unsuccessful leader would soon lose his leadership grounds.
Everyone wants to identify with a successful leader. Be firm on getting tasks accomplished. Do not permit procrastination, it robs you of your success. Develop a never-say-never attitude, it should in a short while extend/rob on every member of your team.
4. Recognize your best – Everyone in your team is important. But some have distinguished themselves by their level of diligence and commitment over time. Set these ones up as examples. They would serve as natural inspiration to the uncommitted members.
Sometimes, they would be a reference point to defining your leadership success as well as the growth of the team as a whole.
One a final note, spend time together! Share ideas often and always keep re-iterating the vision and mission of the team.
There is so much more that can be accomplished when human resources are channelled towards a particular goal.
– Segun Alonge
The benefits of teamwork is made visible in sports, corporations, leadership, family among others. We stand stronger when we are united – in unity we stand, divided we fall.
How so many large companies and firms have been pulled down by loopholes from one or more of its team members. How then can you maintain an effective team as a leader?
# LEAD FROM THE FRONT
A leader has so many positions in maintaining an effective team. One of such is leading from the front. When building your team, much is expected from you. Your team members want to see you get your hands dirty as well. They want to see the pattern of hard work and diligence first in you, then they replicate. Serve them and they would gladly serve you in return.
Define the path. Make it plain for every member of the team to understand. Be responsible for both failures and successes recorded.
# UNITE THEM AROUND A CAUSE
Every successful team has a vision and a mission. Why was the team instituted in the first place? What is expected of every member of the team?
Clearly define the responsibilities of each member of the team – it would curb laxity and enable you to measure the strengths and weaknesses of each member. Make the purpose of the team plain across the organizational structure – from top to bottom. Each one should be seen as a part of the whole because indeed, the passivity of one affects the productivity of the whole either on the short or the long run.
# FUEL THEM REGULARLY
A leader who cannot inspire would soon expire. Inspiration is a potent tool of a successful leader. A leader who cannot inspire would end up manipulating or expiring. You should be liberal with your encouragement, appreciation and recognition. Catch your team members doing something ‘right’ as well. Do not delay the praises and recognition – release it almost immediately. Everyone loves to be recognized. The benefits is symbiotic – you build a stronger team and raise the morale of the team. Some would be challenged while others would be encouraged to do much more for the team.
# CONCENTRATE THEIR ENERGY
There is much that would be achieved when the team is focused on an assignment at a time. A concentrated energy produces an intensified focus.
Keep everyone busy on the job/task at hand. It exposes them to harnessing their creative ingenuity. Ideas would flood in to hasten the accomplishment of the task.
There is an African adage that expresses this well. It says, ‘If you chase two rabbits at a time, there is every possibility that you would lose both on the long run’. Channel their energy to working on a project at a time. The result would be immense and the morale boosted.