Having a team at work that works well together, is often one of the most efficient ways to manage a big project or get work done. All members of a team, much like a football team, for instance, have a role to play. And when everyone knows what role they play, then it helps to create a system in the workplace that runs smoothly and gets the job done, boosting the business. And while this sounds so easy and obvious, there are many workplaces all around the world that struggle to do this. One of the reasons behind it is that there is a lack of good leadership, as leading a team can be different to other roles in leadership. Managing individual employees alongside other things at work can mean that your team management abilities may suffer.
The good news is that you can take steps to tackle teamwork problems before they even come up. So here are some tips to help you to become a more effective leader in the workplace and a better team manager. It makes business sense to make an effort with this, as a team that doesn’t work well can impact business.
Get to Know Your Team
When you look to developing a good relationship with your team, and the individuals that make up the team, it helps you to know them and develop a bond with them. You can create a feeling of mutual respect as you get to know the people that you work with, which is always going to be a good thing when it comes to leadership. There can be more of a trusting relationship too if they feel they can approach you for help, for things both in work and out.
It can also be helpful for the team to get to know one another outside of the office as well as just you as a leader. It then helps them to all trust each other as they know more about one another and how each of them do things. So facilitating something at work, or even out of the office, that the team can all meet together and join in with, can be a good idea.
Establish Ground Rules
If you get a group of people together, whether it is for a specific project or just for working together in general, having some ground rules, or a specific reporting structure is important. It can help the team to know what their roles are and what is expected of them. Establishing rules can help disagreements getting out of hand as well. Plus, if you look at an article like this one, https://getsling.com/blog/time-off-requests/, you’ll see that there needs to be rules about general working too, such as time off. For instance, if too many team members are off at the same time, it will mean that the work doesn’t get done and can be a burden for other members of the team.
Goals and Timelines
As this article states, https://www.clarizen.com/project-timelines-why-theyre-so-important/, setting and creating a timeline for specific projects that you have is really important as a leader. It can help you to manage the work and deal with issues that arise, rather than just saying ‘hand it in, in two months time.’ Setting goals for individuals, as well as goals as a team, and a timeline of when to achieve them by is really important. Then work is done more timely, and things like responsibilities for certain things don’t get confused or lost by the wayside.
Time Management Skills
As a leader in what you do, being able to be good at what you do, not just lead, is important, as you want your team to follow your example. And they can only do that if you are setting a good one. So if you want deadlines to be met, then you need to demonstrate that you are able to do the same. Make sure that you plan things out well and that you are good at prioritising your workload.
Some team leaders are seen as quite distant and will only come to talk to people when they need to. But getting stuck in with the team, as well as helping them to delegate things out, is really a good idea. It gives the team or particular members of it, responsibility, as well as helping them to push themselves and improve. When you show you care about their career development, rather than just yourself, then it does make a difference.
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