There is more to Leadership than just barking orders and pushing responsibilities to team members. Leaders and managers not only lead the team, they also influence and inspire the team to excel beyond expectations.
Remember, good leadership can work wonders for your team morale leading to business productivity while on the other hand, lackluster leadership can lead the team members to lose their focus hampering the business growth in the process. Here are a few pointers that can be implemented to motivate your team members into greater productivity.
Lay down Ground Rules Lay down the ground rules and ensure that everyone understands and accepts them. Take the time with them as a group or individually to ensure that they understand the objectives and goals and what they are trying to accomplish. Promote healthy competition between the team members but explain to them in clear terms that the competition is about the team working together for the common goal.
Delegation is the Key An important aspect of leadership is to delegate. Delegate work to your team members and let them determine how to get it done. Trust them to make day-to-day decisions on their own. This will lead to a productive environment. You will not only earn their respect but you will see your team rising without you constantly breathing down their neck.
Challenge Them Challenges bring out the best in most people. Present a challenge before your team members and allow them to come up with their own unique and creative solutions and ways of meeting their daily tasks. A new idea that one of them provides may benefit the entire team making your position as the team leader just a bit easier.
Understand Your Team Focus on your team and the team members. Not all members are the same, understand their limitations and caliber and assign work accordingly. Address their objectives, their motivations, their fears, and opinions. Nudge them gently to take ownership and responsibility. But don’t force them if they don’t take it up willingly.
Communicate Regularly Keep the communication channels open; both ways at all times.
• Be open and clear with them about the objectives, goals, and expectations.
• Don’t withhold information unnecessarily. You can’t expect your team to perform their best if they don’t know the big picture.
• Talk to them in various forums, listen to their suggestions and opinions and alleviate their concerns.
Celebrate Success and Learn from Mistakes
Reward them and praise them for work well done. Praise them publicly and reward them with small tokens of appreciation. As a team, celebrate success together; it’s highly motivating. In failure, instead of firing people or meting out punishments, meditate on the causes behind the failures. Avoid blame games; it doesn’t serve any purpose.
This will help to ensure that not only the member will make the same mistake again, but the rest of the team will be more likely to avoid it as well. As a leader-manager, it’s your job to pull your team together. It will help your team to get more work done and be more productive.