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How to Become an Effective Team Leader
How to Properly Define Leadership?
Throughout history, leadership has been defined in many different ways. Here are a few examples:
“A leader leads by example not by force” – Sun Tzu
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams
“A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible” – Mark Yarnell
These are pretty solid descriptions, don’t you think?
Read on and learn more about the measures of an effective team leader, and how to be a good one!
I. What Makes a Good Leader?
Being a good team leader is a daunting role to take on, at least for some people.
Leaders are expected to set a good example for an entire group, or even an entire organisation. This alone is a big responsibility to carry.
Leaders are the cornerstones of successful teams, businesses, and organisations. Having someone who has good leadership skills is necessary for efficient team dynamics, and overall success.
If you’re aspiring to become a leader yourself, then read on and check to see if our idea of an effective leader fits you!
A Clear Communicator
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are expected from effective team leaders.
This allows them to present expectations, delegate tasks effectively, and express comments/suggestions to team members in a manner they can easily understand.
Effective communication skills include the capacity of a good leader to listen to the input of his/her co-workers.
After all, communication is a two-way street.
Fair and Kind
A fair leader is consistent with how recognition is given within the team, as well as how disciplinary actions are handled.
This attribute encourages accountability and fairness amongst the team members and maintains respect for the leader amongst the workgroup.
Who doesn’t want to have a team leader with these characteristics?
Strong Organisation Skills
Good leadership must be accompanied with strong organisation skills.
These include proper planning, delegation, and setting realistic deadlines, among others.
Not only will this help the team leader plan objectives and strategies more effectively, but it also will allow the team to perform at the highest level possible.
An organised team leader makes sure that systems and processes are in place for optimal productivity. This instils order and synchronisation across the team. With this, the team leader’s job of guiding the team toward meeting company goals and objectives are made easier.
Confident in the Team
Being a good team leader means you are confident in your abilities and in the abilities of your team.
Confidence uplifts the team, tremendously boosting each member’s overall attitude towards tasks and projects.
A leader who has confidence in you and truly believes in your talent, skills, and capabilities is surely a mood-booster.
Effective team leaders are powerful facilitators. They are able to help their team understand their goals, processes, and tasks, and get them to work together towards the project’s fruition.
Team leaders also ensure that team members meet their goals on time and on target.
II. Team Leader Do’s and Don’ts
Being a team leader requires a high sense of responsibility. With that, there are things that a good team leader should and should not do.
Read on and learn more about the do’s and don’ts of a responsible team leader:
DO: Lead by Example
As the team leader, you expect your team to perform at a high standard. Instead of verbally asking or demanding this from your team, the best approach is to lead by example.
Want your team to be punctual? Come on time every day. Want to ingrain a culture of hard work? Be the workhorse you want your team to be.
Set the tone and be the best example you can be for your team, and they’ll easily see how you want things to be if you’re all about it in the first place. It’s just so easy to respect a leader who practices what they preach, don’t you think?
DON’T: Ignore your Team’s Feelings
The corporate world expects professionalism in the workplace, which often extends to any kind of emotion being kept out. While at times this might be advantageous, it is still a terrible idea to rule out and ignore feelings, frustrations, and opinions from your team.
At the end of the day, you’re human and you work with humans. Working in a corporate setting does not completely devoid you of emotion, no matter how good you suppress it.
It is the team leader’s duty to listen to what they have to say. It may be about the frustrations they have about their role, the load they’re handling, a specific co-worker in the office, or whatever issue they may have that may be affecting their performance at work.
Take the time to hear them out, and help them accordingly. You’re not there to solve their problems, but to listen to them. Intervene only when necessary.
DO: Set Realistic Goals
Goals are important to have, as this will guide the team’s direction towards the business objectives.
But, you should set goals that the team can realistically accomplish. Understand what the team can accomplish within reasonable means and deadlines. Monitor how successfully they reach these goals, and assess them accordingly based on your findings.
Setting goals that are too big and farfetched may hurt your team’s productivity and outlook — something you do not want your team to experience.
DON’T: Blame Others for Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes — it’s part of us being human. Sadly, there are some mistakes that may bear more weight than others, especially if you’re in the business/corporate world.
Mistakes, whether big or small, may impact the whole organisation in various ways.
But as team leader, whenever one of your team members makes a mistake, always try to look at the bigger picture. Ask their side of their story and look at what everybody could have done better. Yep, everybody. Including yourself.
The mistake, whatever it may be, is already a bad thing in itself, so try not to add a vibe of resentment and toxicity towards others.
III. The Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
Once you’ve ticked off the necessary traits of an excellent leader, the last thing you need is a formal qualification. Take the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management course.
This is the latest qualification perfect for those interested in leading a team — promoting innovation and continuously improving your team, and the business you are in.
Most of the tips that were shared within this blog, are things you can learn via this nationally accredited course in Leadership and Management.
Becoming a good leader is not something you learn overnight. Proper knowledge and experience are required to effectively carry the role of a team leader.
So, if you’re really keen into taking a leadership role, take the Cert IV in Leadership Management now!
Click here to learn more about the course.
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