Leading a Team Effectively

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Ken Blanchard

The most effective way to lead a team is not by being the authority figure.  You will be much more effective as a team leader if you learn to guide your team, while encouraging them to lead, make decisions, and work together.

If you want to do it all yourself, then you don’t need a team.

Here are four things to remember when leading a team effectively:

1)  Know Your Team

Take the time to build a relationship with each team member.  Know their strengths, their weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, and their passions.  You can use this in so many ways, but you have to take the time to learn!

2)  Allow Them to Know You

Learn to be a little vulnerable.  Share your life, share your story, share what drives you and what bothers you.  As the leader, your team wants to know what motivates you the most.  Open up a little bit!

3)  Practice Making Decisions

Take some time either in a team-building experience, or with small decisions, to learn how to make decisions together.  Allow everyone to weigh in, learn how people handle conflict and disagreement.  Practice this so that when you have to make some major decisions, you know how to work as a team.

4)  Evaluate Your Team

Take the time to evaluate a decision, a process, or a team meeting.  Ask questions and listen to your team’s answers.  Learn from mistakes and keep learning how to work more effectively together.  Don’t be in a hurry to move on.  Learn from your time of evaluation.

Teams that work the best together take the time to learn!

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