Leading a new team of people can be daunting. There are a variety of personalities and performance levels to referee and balance. Then, you must turn that hodgepodge of individual needs into one cohesive, productive team.
Keep reading for five ways to unite and inspire your team.
Consider everyone’s opinions and ideas valuable, and let them know they’re trusted. They’ll feel validated, more motivated and empowered to communicate. Make sure you keep them engaged by acting on or responding to their feedback. Get to know your employees and be sensitive to their frustrations or unspoken feelings.
Let your team establish strong relationships between one another, too. Delegate problem-solving tasks to the whole team and encourage teamwork. You can be the harmonizer if problems arise, but by allowing them to work together, you will help foster stronger relationships.
Be clear when communicating.
Emails are a nice way to document large chunks of important information, but in mass quantity, they can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It’s often more effective to communicate short pieces of information in person, especially if it’s something that could be misinterpreted.
Make sure all the employees on your team have an open line of communication to you and in between each other. Encourage them to share information with one another.
Establish goals and ground rules.
All goals should be specific, achievable, measurable, and realistic within a given amount of time. Lofty goals with no deadline are pointless and often counter-productive because your team will grow frustrated or bored. Successful goals, on the other hand, will inspire and motivate and help you set new expectations and responsibilities. Be sure to effectively communicate what everyone needs to accomplish and in what time frame.
Building consensus can be challenging and time-consuming, but it’s more productive and efficient overall because your team will be more satisfied and more engaged. Encourage listening, brainstorming, and feedback. Be transparent and let your team feel more connected.
Support and inspire your employees to achieve their highest level of performance. Make sure you communicate your expectations and their role and responsibilities and match tasks to individual skills. Incentivize your team with PTO, free meals, handwritten notes, and other small perks. It’s your job to keep your group motivated and prevent negative attitudes from stunting their performance.
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