Without These Skills You Won’t Make it as an Organizational Leader – Part 3

Becoming an effective leader demands that you invest time in honing specific skills. Thus far in this series, we’ve discussed two of those sets of skills: task management and time management. Leaders must be skilled at defining what needs to get done and assigning the work to the right team member. Also, they must master their time, lest they get distracted and sidetracked.

The third set of skills you must master is team management. As a team leader, you are responsible for creating an environment that is conducive to your team members to perform at their best. You must help your team members do what they were hired to do and achieve the organization’s goals. It requires that you skillfully manage your team.

Team management involves many components, which can be regrouped under three major categories.

1. Team Performance

As mentioned, leaders are responsible for their team members’ performance. Therefore, they must ensure that each member of the team is carrying their weight and remain motivated to perform their work at their best. And when there are lapses in performance, leaders must address them. Organizational leaders see to it that their team “deliver the goods” they’re expected to deliver.

Also, leaders recognize the role that tools play in their team’s performance. Therefore, they ensure that their team members have the best tools possible to perform their work; tools affect results.

2. Team Dynamic

Although all team members play a vital role in the team dynamic, leaders must ensure that respect and professionalism and a spirit of collaboration prevail in the team. The team’s culture is the leader’s business.

Therefore, leaders must hold the members of the team accountable for their attitude. They must handle conflicts. They must promote a positive team spirit and open lines of communication among team members (and other stakeholders).

3. Team Development

Team development is a crucial component of a  team’s success. Leaders must ensure that their team members are adequately trained and coached. Usually, it demands direct involvement from the team leader, especially when it comes to coaching.

Leaders must also skillfully select new team members and facilitate their integration into the team.

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Vladimir Elie

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