One of the key aspects of leadership is the ability to lead a team. The idea of leading a team effectively can be broken down into many steps, ranging from choosing the right individuals for daily task management and even conflict management. There are many different ideas and philosophies that other leadership gurus have written about and there is no one right way to manage every team because of certain differences, but here are some insights for when you’re thrust into a leadership role and you’re not sure what to do.
Clear Expectation Setting
When you are given a team, it is important to set the right tone and expectations with the individuals in your group. First impressions are lasting impressions, and as a leader you need to guide the direction to the goals, creating a group rapport. Try conducting ice-breaker activities or scheduling the meeting in a social setting from time to time. If the leader fails to make an effort to do so, members will be disinterested, disconnected or perhaps even fail to see the purpose of the group. This can lead to disastrous results, missed deadlines or perhaps even members leaving the group. Setting the right tone can be a difficult but necessary task for the group’s success.
Another aspect to keep in mind is how the leader treats the members of the group. There are obvious do’s and don’ts such as, no favouritism or treat others the way you want to be treated, but leaders often need empathy and compassion to understand a group member. If an individual is struggling or unmotivated, the leader shouldn’t attribute the lack of results solely on the member, rather they should try to understand their situation. There may be external factors affecting their performance and if the leader doesn’t see that, it can lead to resentment and even weaker performance in the future from that member. Talking and having a one-on-one can be beneficial to the member as it shows that the leader cares and wants to help out the individual while advancing towards the group’s goals. In the end, treating the group member right and helping through empathizing is an effective strategy to establish that needed rapport in a group and achieve their goals.
Touching upon those two points, this was a brief introduction to how individuals can be a great leader not only to a group but also the members they are in charge of. Of course there are many more strategies to become an effective leader but it varies on the situation. If you have a favourite strategy, comment below to let us know! Lastly, always remember that a leader is only as great as the people they lead.