Our world today is riddled with increased flux and unpredictability; but it’s in the middle of these significant life and business changes where you – as a leader – need to showcase your sense of courage, empathy, and trust more than ever before!
Your style of leadership affects how your team feels, observes, and reaches out during times of uncertainty. Trust me, your team will remember exactly how they were led throughout this time period, for many years to come! They will also be concerned with the kind of information they’re given, and whether or not their leader is committed to finding top-notch solutions for them.
Leadership needs to be intentional, conscious, certain, and constant, in order to effectively bring a team out of a crisis. If you breed a team who respects and appreciates you, you’re also supporting them to stay focused, effective, productive, and collaborative.
So, here are my top 7 Leadership Qualities That Will Help You Produce A Winning Team:
Studies reveal that most people would believe information from their employer about the pandemic over the media or other “trusted” government sources. This demonstrates the extent to which a leader’s words and actions can aid employees in feeling safe and emotionally supported. Therefore, it is your responsibility, as a leader, to give your employees what they need when they need it, communicate clearly and frequently, stay transparent, and help people make sense of everything that’s going on.
Heading up socialisation or team-building experiences can really be as simple as taking 5 minutes at the beginning of a team meeting to talk about shared interests, reflect on successes achieved in the past week, or sharing any other personal stories.
You can also share your personal stories to your team in order to encourage conversations regarding challenges, and normalising how even the top CEOs or leaders are also only human. Fostering this sense of story-telling can be a positive catalyst for change, bringing people together, strengthening collaboration, and providing inspiration for people to confidently take action.
When teams are in-sync, each individual has a sense of clarity on the common goal, is clear on what success means for the team, and is committed to focusing on all the top priorities, behaviours, and practices that support the team effectiveness as a whole. One-on-one meetings develop shared leadership and also creates an environment where you experience your employees on a much deeper level.
As a leader, consider asking questions such as:
> What is the number one thing that matters most to you in your current role?
> What is your description of a great day? How does it look?
> What are the things that make you proud to be a part of this workplace?
> If you could lead an initiative within the workplace, what would it be?
Within your team meeting, these questions can identify practices, ignite interesting discussions that are important to the members.
When there is a lack of accountability within a team, it is felt in every little nook and cranny of the organisation. Not to mention it limits productivity, and can kill team spirit and morale. Each employee needs to know what they are responsible for delivering on both an individual and a collective level.
As a leader, you need to set the stage by describing the “why” behind what each employee is spending their valuable time on. These kinds of clear expectations will get team members on board with all the standards you expect and the deliverables you require to be met. Make sure that these conversations are repeated frequently and not just done as a once-off thing.
Rather than people what to do, coach them in real-time! Remember that the way in which you manage your team contributes to the their – and the company’s – overall performance. Coaching members really is one of those crucial behaviours that distinguish the very best leaders in the world.
Top leaders also foster environments that nurture people to converse with one another; and as a mentor, staying a continuous resource for them. Through the use of weekly team meetings, you can explore what roadblocks need to be removed within the team, and what you can do to help them. When you’re completely transparent with your team, you provide balanced feedback about everything that has gone right, and how you can learn from those experiences. Success should never just be brushed off or glossed over; it deserves equal attention — if not more!
As the dust slowly starts to settle, many employees may still experience much confusion regarding what lies ahead. As a leader, you should give time and space to all your employees. And if they feel called to do so, allow them to speak about any uncertainty they feel, reflect on what’s changed for them, and encourage them to talk about all the valuable lessons they’ve learned about themselves and their work during this crazy time.
Leaders and employees alike need to be educated on the importance of mental health and wellbeing during challenging times.
By launching clear leadership pipelines, you show your employees that you are 100% invested in their development and their future within your company. In fact, a large portion of employees say that a lack of career progression is their primary reason for exiting any organisation.
Tackling leadership blocks like these, and developing individually tailored development plans for your employees – no matter their level – leads to increases in employee engagement, minimises staff turnover, aids the recruitment process, and is a fantastic way to build teamwork and organisational cohesion.
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