Small Business Leaders, just like you, are indeed born.
You are "born" out of the need to continuously motivate a group of individuals you call a team to perform. You want them to perform like a practiced orchestra, which will achieve your world-changing vision. So you must know how to lead.
When you know how to lead, it will make the difference to your achievement and growth. This will determine what you get and how far you go.
It is your leadership that will release the imagination and resourceful of your team and facilitate the innovation that you crave.
It is knowing how to lead your team that gives birth to new ideas, new solutions and new cures.
Yet, your leadership skills are shaped mostly by the dynamic circumstances and myriad of “people” issues which you have to deal with in your business daily.
It follows then, that to keep your small business afloat, you need to get a better handle on this "team leadership thing.” And fast. As a matter of fact, you really need to know how to lead your team like a boss!
To lead your team effectively, you need to understand not only the members of the team, but the nature of the team as well. So let's look at that in a bit more detail.
Understanding the nature of teams
In order to help you understand the nature of teams, and by extension, how to lead, I want to refer to Kevin Eikenberry’s concept of teams. Let me say right here, I support his view whole-heartedly.
He advances the argument that there are basically two types of teams – a basketball (hockey, football, netball) team and a track and field team.
The “basketball” team operates as a single unit in which regardless to the position you hold on that team, its success requires you to be flexible. You need to be able to perform any or many roles on your team, at a moment’s notice.
The players depend on each other, acutely aware that goals are scored and success is achieved only when they are working together in unison.
The “track and field” team on the other hand, while representing the same club or organisation and in this regard can be considered a team, they really operate independently of each other.
If I understand this, if enough of the team members perform at a high level the team will win. BUT the actions of the sprinter is not dependent on those of the high jumper and neither is hers dependent on those of the cyclist.
What does all this mean for you?
Both types of teams can exist in your small business at the same time…and that’s okay. However, you have to become your own detective and find out which type of team, or even if both, exist in your business. And then you have to decide how to lead each team.
It sounds good but you are acutely aware of your own small business reality.
You simply do not have the resources to address the specific needs of each type of team. Even if you went to the trouble of distinguishing them, your big questions are:
Is there a set of leadership and teamwork strategies I can use for both types of team? Will these strategies produce similar results for each team? and will they show that I know how to lead my team like a boss?
There is! there is! and I will share 5 of them with you below.
Leadership and teamwork strategies: how to lead like a boss!
Here is my 5-pack set of strategies that will produce results for you in every case. They work because they are focused on you, the leader. I know because my clients have used them repeatedly and successfully when they implement them.
1. Become a supportive and knowledgeable team leader
You maybe experienced at managing or leading. This is important but it's not enough. You have to become a leader who has the technical knowledge to understand what your team(s) is doing. You also need the leadership skills to be able to motivate and inspire your team.
2. Set clearly defined goals, roles, and responsibilities
You need to ensure that every team member knows what he or she is supposed to accomplish and how this fits in with what other team members are doing.
You should make this the standard, regardless of the type(s) of team which exist in your business. When you know how to lead, this will help you to manage the many egos that will be present in any team.
You have to make sure that decisions in your business can be made closest to where the problems occur. Encourage team members to make decisions which impact their work, and your products and services. They too need to learn how to lead.
Moreover, when you give people ownership over what they are doing, they perform so much better and make your job as a leader so much easier.
4. Create a culture of open and honest communication
This is critical to your achievements, growth and innovation. Share your vision open and honestly and also share the role of each team member in achieving it. When you do, you galvanize them into action.
Encourage team members to communicate openly and responsibly among each other. This works wonders for your team spirit. You should extend your communication process to include a means by which your team can feel comfortable calling out each other for poor performance.
When you take this to the next level and allow your team to feedback to you on your performance, without fear of being punished, you will set yourself apart as a “boss leader.”
5. Reward and recognize team members for accomplishing goals
Constantly remind your team that their efforts are valued and appreciated. What better way to guarantee this than to give your team performance-based recognitions and rewards? What better way than to recognise that they know how to lead?
There are several recognition programs which you can modify to suit your needs or working with your team, you can come up with your own.
Now it's over to you
So, whatever the state of your leadership, you now have a set of strategies which you can now use to improve your skills.
You should start with the one which will give you the fastest results. Your success will be motivating for you and your team.
Give them a try and let me know how they work for you.
To your leadership success...
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