How to Build Your Team Up for Greater Results – Part 1

Your team will be what you make of it. As the leader (or manager), you’re responsible to build the team that gives you the results you want. If you don’t like the way your team is operating and performing, you can change things. It’s no small task, but it’s possible.

The team’s performance and modus operandi (mode of operation) fall on your shoulders; you’re the leader. The first step to change things and to bring your team to the next level is for you to take ownership of the team’s state. This puts you in the right frame of mind to begin building your team members so that it performs and operates as you desire.

There are a few areas you can focus on to create the team you want. I cover three of these areas in this post and two more in my next post.

Guide Your Team

Your team turns to you for guidance. As the leader, you must show them the way and let them know when they’re going astray. Make sure your team members know, without a doubt, the direction they should go. That is, give them clear goals and clear instructions, and never stop restating your vision.

Don’t think that because you stated your vision and present the key goals once, that everyone on the team got the message the first time. Like listening to a song you like, you must repeat your key messages over and over; it’s easy for the team and individual team members to lose their way, and you’re responsible keep everyone on track.

Inspire Your Team

As the leader, you’re responsible to keep your team inspired and motivated to get their work done. Through the ups and downs, you must keep the team’s morale up and ensure team members perform at their best.

This isn’t easy because team members go through difficult periods, face great challenges (both professionally and personally). As a leader, you must walk with your team through it all, and get the best out of the team in good and hard times.

Be generous with your words of encouragement to your team, even with your team members you think might not need them. Everyone—and I mean everyone—wants to be recognized for their valuable contribution. And by cheering them on, your team members will feel inspired to give their best.

Equip Your Team

Put your team in the best position to succeed by equipping your team members: provide them with the tools and resources they need to perform their tasks with excellence.

If you expect your team members excel but don’t provide them with the tools they need to reach that level, both you and the team will be frustrated. You’ll be frustrated because of the team’s ineffectiveness and lack of results. And they’ll be frustrated because of your unrealistic expectations and lack of support.

Granted, you may not always be in a position to provide them with the latest and the greatest. Do your best to equip your people given your unique constraints.

 

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.