Team leadership is vital for a team to operate effectively. A good team leader provides guidance and support to ensure that the team’s objectives are met, and that each member performs at their best. So how can you be a great team leader?
In order for teams to function effectively, team leaders need to be fully aware of the team’s goals and objectives, and make it their job to remind the team of these goals.
Often when team objectives are unknown or unclear, dysfunction within the group occurs.
Understanding your team’s objectives can be achieved by asking questions like:
Deliver on what you have said you would by the deadline. When you are reliable, this encourages your team members to also be reliable. They are more likely to model your behaviours.
Healthy communication is key to the effectiveness of a team. As a team leader and team member, make sure you are actively engaged within the team. Remain respectful of your colleagues whether you are providing constructive feedback or providing support.
When working in a team it is common that things don’t always go to plan. Some examples of this include budget changes, deadline changes, a new team member joining the team or a current team member leaving the team.
In these instances, it’s beneficial to be open to change. When team members are also flexible, it allows the team to adapt and continue functioning effectively.
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a short-term, solution-focussed referral and counselling service available to you through your workplace.
It is a confidential and professional service that aims to identify and resolve both workplace and personal issues that you may be experiencing. The EAP is funded by your workplace and is provided at no cost to you.
EAP services are provided by Caraniche, independently of your workplace, to ensure your confidentiality.
To make an EAP appointment, contact our team (24 hours, 7 days a week) or make an online booking.
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