Here are ten factors that differentiate bosses from effective leaders and team-builders:
1. Defining roles: One of the first tasks when building work teams is to meet with every employee to discuss how his or her role specifically affects the ability of the department to achieve its immediate goals and the organization to realize its long-term objectives.
2. Setting rules: In addition to defining employee roles, some common ground rules must be set as well. These fall into two main categories: task-oriented rules (how the workload is shared and how goals are measured) and relational rules (personal behavior, communication, collaboration, compromising, etc.).
3. Setting expectations:
4. Obtaining organizational commitment: Building work teams requires the organization’
5. Obtaining team commitment: The company’s commitment should be followed by your team committing to accomplishing the mission and expected outcomes. Your attitude is critical to employee buy-in which, in turn, affects morale. Employees need to be challenged and excited by the team’s opportunity to achieve an objective.
6. Empowering employees: When you’re building work teams it’s important to show confidence in your employees by empowering them to make their own decisions, while also communicating the limitations of your monetary and time resources.
7. Improving communication:
8. Encouraging feedback: You may be surprised by how well your team performs and works together by having both a casual and formal evaluation process. Keeping an open-door policy prevents conflicts before they get out of hand, and formal evaluations let team members know how well they are fulfilling their roles, how their actions are affecting the team’s goals, and how they are being compensated for their performance.
9. Resolving conflicts: Conflicts are natural, even with clearly defined ground rules and goals. Building work teams and being an effective leader requires you to keep a pulse on the morale of the department, paying attention to emerging problems in team meetings, and proactively addressing conflicts as they arise. Remember that resolving conflicts starts with careful planning and mutual respect.
10. Maintaining a leadership role: While you need to let employees know you are part of the team, you must also make your “ownership”
Building work teams takes time but when it finally gels you may be surprised by how much cohesive teams can accomplish. Learn more about building better teams and strategies for effective management by visiting www.ThinkBlueThinking.com or calling 619.550.8052.
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Bruno Raynal is the president and CEO of Blue Thinking, a business consulting firm based in San Diego, California. Bruno works with top level senior management to enhance their awareness of modern business practices and patterns so they can make informed choices, take the right action, and achieve their vision and goals. Learn more about Blue Thinking by visiting www.ThinkBlueThinking.com or calling 619.550.8052.