Leaders are required in all walks of life. While not everyone can become president, the impact of a good leader – even within smaller teams – is very real.
Handling a team of people is by no means an easy feat – a sign of a good manager is not only a high-performing team, but a happy team.
So, with managers of all kinds looking to lead their team to success, what qualities do you need to become an effective, and motivating business leader? Read on to find out how you can utilize approachability, communication and many other skills to become the best team leader in your workplace.
If there is one piece of advice every leader should heed, it’s to never let the power go to your head. Being a leader may mean having oversight of your team and their projects, but it also results in more responsibility for you.
The best team leaders are approachable. Make it clear to your team that they are allowed – and even encouraged – to talk to you. This ensures that members of your team will come to you when something really matters. Not only does this stop your team members’ from suffering in silence, it also empowers individuals to share their ideas with you. The outcome? A positive, creative environment where employees feel comfortable voicing their opinions and ideas.
Team leaders who are approachable bring out the best in the people around them.
Being able to communicate well is a fundamental skill for effective team leadership. Not only is it essential for problem-solving, but it is also incredibly important when it comes to motivating your team.
Leaders who are good at communicating are able to delegate work in a timely fashion, and ensure each person understands their responsibilities fully. When your team understands what is expected of them, there is no need for micromanagement. To make your communication the best it can be, aim for transparency – make sure your team knows the right person to go to with any queries, and how their work fits in as part of the bigger picture.
A manager who communicates well sets the precedent for the rest of their team.
As obvious as it may sound, confidence is non-negotiable when it comes to leading a work team. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, how can you expect your team to trust you and your judgment?
However, it’s important not to confuse confidence with arrogance. As a leader, your team will come to you with concerns and questions – being confident means making informed and assured decisions when that happens. But, it also means having the courage to acknowledge and learn from your mistakes.
Leaders who are confident enough to make big decisions – and admit when they are wrong – earn the trust and respect of their team.
It’s a fact of life that no one feels their best every single day – and even the most impressive leaders will encounter times when they feel tired or stressed. Nobody expects a leader to be superhuman, but it is important that even on your off days you maintain a sense of fairness and consistency.
Being consistent instills trust in your team, who know that they won’t suffer the consequences of a manager’s bad mood. A true leader is always cool-headed and measured when handling their team – maintaining this will really set you apart from the rest.