Becoming a team leader is not easy, it is much more than just the title as you’ll soon learn that your job happiness can rely very much on your team, on a professional and friendship level. To become a true leader you must become part of the team and to successfully make that transition, we have come up with several points that with guide you through this process.
It is important to build strong ties with your team mates, both inside and outside of work. You need to make an effort to get to know each and every one of your team members this will give you a clear image of who they are, what drives them, what they want to achieve.
Communication is key
An important key to an effective team is communication. You want all your team members to act as one body, each person knows their responsibilities and what they are expected to do and what they can expect from the other team members. It is important for each member to be updated regularly on the progress made and this is also an opportunity for your team to give their own feedback. Everybody must feel comfortable to share their own opinions and ideas freely.
Being a team leader comes with many responsibilities, one of these responsibilities is a job delegation. Your team members will naturally perform better if they are given jobs that would complement their skills and qualities therefore you need to choose roles carefully to get the most productivity out of your team.
Praise your team
Make sure you provide feedback throughout, not only when there is something to be improved. You must praise your team, provide them with positive feedback so that they can build their confidence which in turn, will help them to make decisions in the future, especially when they know they have their leader and manager supporting them.
Conflicts are inevitable, whether it is personality clash between team members, deadlines not being met or perhaps personal issues – they should never be ignored as that will lead to a negative atmosphere and dissatisfactory outcomes. As a team leader, you should be able to address these sorts of issues right away when noticed. Communication plays a major part here; you should have a meeting with the people or person involved, address what the problem is in a calm and friendly manner and then do your best to come to a positive solution or support in whatever way you can. Bear in mind you have to try and do this without it having too much of an effect on the jobs you need to do.
It is not easy to be a leader, it can be a trait but it can also come with experience. When you step up to this position your team members will look at you for inspiration but also look for help when needed. Make sure you step up to the plate and with time you will gain the confidence that will help you to become a successful leader.