A team as a collective can deliver much greater results than any one individual could. A key component in any team is the leadership of the team. So what are my 4 key tips when it comes to leading teams?
Tip 1: Have a clear vision
If you don’t know where you are heading, how will you know when you have got to the destination? Put differently, it is essential that you create a clear vision of what you want the team to achieve so that it can be understood by everyone.
Tip 2: Learn to be a great listener
You are the leader and have many ideas, views, opinions and solutions. Your team know that this but also want to be able to offer their views and feel like they have been heard. A good leader recognises this and focuses most of their communication on listening.
Tip 3: Be someone who takes decisions
As a leader you need to weigh up the upside and downside of any particular option and then decide. Team members may not always support your decisions 100% or may not have taken the exactly the same decision. On they other hand they will respect you for not procrastinating.
Tip 4: Empower your team
One of the big advantages of a team is the range and variety of skills and experience that is available. You know what you are good at and not so good at, so empower those to do what they do best.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.