Moving from leading one’s self to leading teams expands your focus from using your skills and abilities to manage your own work, to effectively manage and deliver results through others.
Your ability to motivate, inspire, guide and coach your team can impact everything from your ability to deliver anticipated results to team engagement, satisfaction, productivity and employee retention.
As a team leader you have the most direct and influential impact on the experience of your team and it is important that you are able to create an environment where your team can flourish and be most effective. Team leaders need to take time to get to know the individual and collective strengths and skillsets of their team. They also need to understand the needs of their team - developmental, emotional and practical needs. It is important to take the time to get to know the team and for team members to get to know each other, to build and maintain trusting relationships, hold each other to account, support each other and together strive to achieve goals. These relationships continually flex and grow over time, as teams develop and change.
As a team leader you need to be able to understand, break down and communicate the strategic objectives of the organisation into clearly aligned team and individual goals. Communicating effectively means being able to assimilate information and present it in a compelling way, to listen to all viewpoints and be able to guide productive discussions and clear decision making.
Team leaders must also learn to manage change, conflict and crisis. Building trust, adaptability and agility into the team will help ensure they can weather any situation together and achieve their objectives.