6 Steps to Effectively Lead a Team
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
- John Quincy Adams
Being responsible for running the organization, leaders need to be most effective people in the company. Effective leaders are individuals who know how to build and lead a team. How do you effectively lead a team? In order to effectively lead a team, you must be able to track operations and monitor budgets. Furthermore, you need to keep everyone in the company aware of the problems. However, knowing how to communicate to subordinates is the foremost quality that leaders need to possess.
Nonetheless, you must know all the steps involved in effectively building and leading a team. Following are the 6 steps involved in effectively building and leading a team.
Know your purpose and core values:
Unless you know your purpose and core values, you won’t be able to effectively build and/or lead a team. Your purpose and core values help you to recruit the right people for the team. Furthermore, they assist you in guiding your subordinates.
Recruit the right people:
This is critical: if you recruit people who are inappropriate for your team, you’ll find it incredibly difficult to get them thinking and working your way.
Promote an open-door communication:
You won’t be able effectively lead a team unless you allow your employees to communicate any and all outstanding issues to you. If you don’t promote an open-door communication culture, some team members may refrain from discussing things with you. Therefore, as a leader, it is your responsibility to keep the communication door always open. Also, allow your subordinates to communicate with you in any way they want i.e. in person, via email or through the phone.
Create an inspiring work environment:
Unless you create an inspiring work environment, do not expect your team members to excel. If you want your subordinates to excel, you must create a work environment that nurtures their talent and allows them to show their creativity. Ultimately, this will help you to effectively lead a team.
Keep your team focused:
You need to be aware of your team’s day-to-day concerns if you wish to maximize productivity. In simple terms, you need to keep track of your team’s immediate concerns and help your team focus on the task at hand.
Hold regular team meetings:
Hold regular team meeting if you wish to effectively lead a team. Set a day of the week, such as every Monday, as team meeting day. Before the meeting on Monday, find out all the issues at hand. During the meeting, discuss these issues and suggest viable ways of resolving them. Also, allow team members to communicate any solutions to the issues that they may have.
This will allow you to readily resolve issues and will make your subordinates feel valued. This will go a long way in helping you to effectively lead a team.
Leading a team is a hard task. However, using the aforementioned 6 steps to effectively build and lead team, you can make your job relatively easy.
April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.
Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.
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