Ask any business leader and they’ll tell you the three things you need to build a thriving team culture:
Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork.
But the mere act of asking people to work in a team and hoping for a stunning show of teamwork isn’t always enough (as anyone who’s ever held a supervisory role knows).
So here are some pointers to consider if you’d like to make yourself a more effective leader, gathered from some of the best advice thought-pieces online. Read on and find out what it takes to be a leader who allows a great team culture to thrive.
Delegate responsibility as well as work
Delegating isn’t just about getting rid of the jobs you don’t want rattling around the bottom of your to-do list. It’s about giving others in your team a chance to rise up to a challenge and learn a bit more about the work they’re a part of.
“Assign serious team goals,” recommends Peter Economy. Teams who have the authority to get jobs done on their own terms will understand your commitment to this approach, and ensures that they accept responsibility for the results of their work.
Give your team the right tools
If the above advice for a strong and independent team culture is to work, team members need to not feel shackled by their environment or resources to get the job done.
A team needs a suitable workplace, adequate time to complete tasks and a reasonable budget. To top that, they don’t need unnecessary pressure from supervisors, or micromanagement. Providing the right tools is a promise that you are following through with your initiative to delegate real responsibility.
Empower your employees
When you have a good team with the right resources, the main barrier left between you and a great idea from your team is confidence.
Encourage and teach employees “not only how to come up with ideas, but also how to bring them to life”, says Ron Kirscht. This teaching process – how to refine, pitch and implement an idea – enables employees to act powerfully when the time comes.
Don’t talk too much
This final step is implying a much broader lesson that everyone, leader or not, can take heed from. Rather than talking everyone’s ears off with how work ‘should’ be done, lead by example.
Employees learn much better through real life experiences than in a classroom or lecture scenario. By seeing you act as you preach, colleagues are more likely to look up to you more as a person, instead of just seeing you as another label on the upper chain of command.