The biggest concern for a leader is to get a job well done. Success only comes after that. In any company, we will find many different types of people to work with. These are the 10 tips to leading every type of team:
1. Be a nonconformist
Great leaders constantly challenge their teams. They don’t resign themselves, but demand the very best from their workers. Successful leadership will drive the business to the top, and in order to do that it will first encourage the team to get the best out of them.
2. Learn from mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes, and so do leaders. The difference is that a good leader will take a mistake as a master class from which to get the best learning, so as to keep focused on success and good results.
3. Getting Things Done
Leaders spend much of their time managing teams and coordinating people. That may take away from them time to “execute”, i.e. to “make things happen”. That is what Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan talk about in their book “Execution: the discipline of getting things done”. The key to strong leadership is to find ways to make things happen and not let it all be just words.
4. Know your business and your team
In order to make the right decisions and have a unique style to lead our teams successfully, it is necessary to know the business and the people working with us. The leader must look after receiving reliable and complete information directly from their team.
5. Be realistic
Oftentimes, the leading style in organizations is the one that lives exclusively on ideals and is unable to analyze reality objectively. Successful leaders must also be realistic, without fearing the fact of facing difficult or unpleasant situations. A good leader maintains the eagerness and is optimistic, without losing sight of the reality around them.
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6. Set proper goals and priorities
The best leadership style is the one that gets to define goals as clearly and concisely as possible. Similarly, learning to prioritize is essential for successfully managing teams and maximizing available resources. Defining our goals and priorities in a clear way will get things actually done.
Good leaders must delegate tasks to their teams and trust them until the full implementation of that which has been commanded. However, successful leadership underlines the importance of monitoring tasks, as well as the goals and objectives of the entire organization.
8. Reward the “executors”
Leaders always know who those ultimately responsible for getting things done are. Those team members who produce tangible results should be rewarded for their good work. This form of leadership that “rewards” will spread the spirit of improvement and everyone will fight for their rewards.
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9. Bring out the potential of your team
The leadership that makes a difference is the one that cares about developing the skills of their team members. Motivating everyone is a guarantee to a better performance. In addition to the rewards previously mentioned, helping them improve in their area will increase everyone’s level of commitment to the company.
10. Work on your leadership everyday
Leaders never lose their inspirational spirit. Working on developing our leadership is a constant task in good leaders: read, take courses, go to congresses, participate in conferences, do research on other leaders. In short, develop your leadership every day so as not to stray from the path to success and happiness.
What piece of advice would you give on managing a team?