Try to be a member rather than being a leader. Work with your team. It is advisable that you do not try to boss around. Prove you are superior to your team members through your work and not through your attitude or designation. Be inspiring, not intimidating. Each member in your team should be able to come up to you and give in their ideas without the fear of being insulted or humiliated or being turned down. Let everyone speak. It is wise not to allow a few to dominate the group. If that happens, it is the responsibility of the leader to provide everyone with equal opportunity within the group.
Welcome comments and suggestions from your group members. Even when you give some ideas, allow your team members to give their comments to make it better. Every group will almost inevitably have a few introverts. Help them to express themselves.
Allow breaks. Both the human body and the brain need some rest. A small recess after a fruitful session of hard work does not hurt. It is rejuvenating and would help your team members perform better. The biggest hindrances to progressive work are miscommunication within the team and internal creative conflicts, which eventually and certainly lead to lower collective output and poor results. A tired and stressed team cannot produce results. Under such circumstances a team leader can bring back the focus of the team by reinforcing the collective goal.
A very effective method of improving people’s performance is by providing information to team members about individual performance and the overall performance of the team. Care should be taken that this information is not conveyed in a manner that causes resentment or animosity. Do not point out individual drawbacks in front of the whole team. Discuss separately with each member of your team. Comparison within a team can lead to bitterness among group members. Team-work is all about collaborative effort while not disregarding the contribution of any member.
Although there is no ‘I’ in a team, it is crucial to understand that a team is made up of individuals. Building and honing the skills in individuals that are congruent with the needs of the team are critical to the good performance of a team. A leader needs to understand that individual goals are as important as team-goals and must ensure goal alignment between the same. Collaborating and understanding the key issues facing the team is also very important. Cohesion ensures that members in a group work collectively towards the same goal. That is when team-work leads to success. Finally, when a project is complete, do not forget to say ‘Thank You’ to your colleagues and appreciate their hard work. Do not forget to celebrate success because every milestone counts!
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