How to Build Your Team Up for Greater Results – Part 2

As the leader of a team, you’re responsible for your team’s performance and results. This requires that you get in there and start building your team. Leaders build teams.

In this two-part series, I’ve been sharing the “rules of engagement” for building your team up for greater results. In the previous, I shared three of these “rules”. In this post, I share three more. When you focus on these, your team will become stronger and stronger, and your team’s results will reflect it.

Develop Your Team

When you grow, your team gets better; the sharper your skills, the better your team. It’s also true that your team gets better when your team members grow. This is good news because, not only do you control on your own growth, but you also play a key role in the growth of your team members.

As the leader, you must push your team members to sharpen their skills and learn new ones. By doing so, you encourage them to become better at their work and prepare them for greater responsibilities in your organization.

Develop your people by providing them with training, assigning interesting projects to them, and giving them feedback on their performance. Help them elevate their game; highlight their strengths so they can leverage them to the maximum; show them how they can improve their areas for improvements so those areas don’t hold them back or even cause their downfall.

Interact With Your Team

Don’t get too high above your team members that you feel you can’t interact and build amicable relations with them. Promote healthy relationships within your team. Create an environment that encourages your team members to, not only connect with you as the leader but also with one another as teammates.

Some connections will happen naturally; humans connect. Put humans in one place for a long enough period of time, and they inevitably begin to interact and connect (despite all the relational challenges that come with it).

However, this doesn’t remove the need for you to intentionally create meaningful connections with your team members and helping them do the same with one another. By interacting with your team members, you set the tone and establish the culture you want for your team.

Empathize With Your Team

Put yourself in the shoes of your team members as a collective body: empathize with their various roles and responsibilities. Don’t ever think that their roles are insignificant and their responsibilities menial.

When making decisions that impact them, discipline yourself to see the decision from their perspective. Too often, leaders make decisions without considering the impact on their people.

In addition to empathizing with your team as a collective body, empathize with your team members as individuals. Members of your team go through difficult situations—they are human after all—and as the leader, you must learn to walk in their shoe and be sensitive to their situation.

When you empathize with your team, the members feel it and pay you back a hundredfold for it. A team with an empathizing leader will go and grab the moon for their leader; they know their leader has their backs and even if only for that, they’ll go the extra mile.

 

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.