You know that having a good team will make you more productive, the question now is how do you manage the different members of the team and bring out the best in each one of them. It isn’t as easy as it sounds, it is for this reason that we have put together five tips to help you effectively manage a team.
Diversity means more options.
Unity in diversity is one of the most important factors that allow a team to prosper. As the team leader, you should accept and appreciate the diverse nature of people that are working under you. Each employee comes from a different background and experience. As a team leader, you can explore that, since everyone has something to contribute based on where he/she grows up. The differences in their personality, strengths, experience, and views are all tools that you can use to your advantage. You should also encourage your team members to accept and appreciate each other despite their differences. This will bring unity and increase productivity.
Treat everyone equally.
The biggest mistake you can make as a team leader is to favor one person over the other. Each employee has his or her own special needs but never do it in such a way that one person’s needs are favored over another. This will create a rift in the team and will reduce the overall productivity level.
Don’t get stuck with old ideas.
Sure, you have working models but that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved upon. As a team leader, it is very important that you are open to new ideas and new ways of tackling problems. Always have a backup plan in case the main plan fails. Don’t become a closed-minded leader, listen and sometimes follow the ideas that your team members have.
Don’t forget that tried and tested processes are the bedrock of success.
While you might be open to new ideas, don’t throw away your tried and tested processes. Your team will get easily confused if you have new plans at each stage. As a team leader, you shouldn’t stick with one method only, neither should you be jumping from one method to another. You should find a way to fuse innovative approach into your existing model.
What does success means to you and your team?
The biggest mistake that you can make is not properly defining what success means to individuals in your team and to the team as a group. If your team members know what the collective goal is, then it will be easy for them to work towards achieving that. If an individual also knows his goal, then working towards that goal will become important and relatively easy.
These tips have been used by several team managers over the years with success recorded by both individuals of the team and the team as a whole. These points are guidelines upon which you can build a successful team that will be highly productive and successful.
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