5 Do’s and 5 Dont’s for a Team Leader
There aren’t many feelings more satisfying than heading a project in your company/field and successfully completing it. Apart from the heaps of praise that is showered on you and the team members working under you, this acts as a excellent CV booster and will earn you lots of brownie points and respect among your colleagues and from your seniors. Whilst being a team leader has its own perks, one should not forget that with great power comes great responsibility. Apart from certain company norms that one does follow, there are some unwritten DO’s and DON’TS that the leader should strictly follow too. Here are the 5 things you should DO and 5 things you should NOT DO if you’re the team leader.
‘DO’s for every Team Leader-
5. Be Flexible
Flexibility in terms of thinking and adjustability is an important virtue for any team leader. The environment you will be working in, the market place, the job profile is going to keep changing as the trends keep changing and hence it requires a flexible outlook. If you’re heading the local grocery businesses but know that the online grocery shopping is killing your business then you should be ready to accept that and work towards a way to introduce internet grocery shopping for your shop too. Without a flexible mind, there won’t ever be progress of you and your team and hence being flexible is a an important ‘DO’
4. Involve everyone
Involving everyone is one of the essential things a leader should do. When a team is assigned or chosen by you, it consists of many people who are good at a particular or many things. Such a team requires a team leader that will make sure everyone in the team gets to contribute to something they’d desire. Involving everyone in the decision making or tasks would eventually lead to all members feeling important part of the team which is important in order to maintain the togetherness.
3. Be enthusiastic
For a leader to demonstrate that he is on top of his game, enthusiasm is very important. Enthusiasm not just in terms of energy but also in terms of seeing an opportunity and seizing it. Good leaders possess the rare quality of being ever ready whenever an opportunity knocks on the door. Enthusiastic leaders come across as more hard working and self aware of what is going on in and around the company. If the leader himself is enthusiastic about the work then the members see it as inspiration they would work harder.
2. Be confident
Confidence is everything. We often hear this but never give a thought to importance of being a confident person and a confident leader. It’s said that confidence is contagious, in a positive way if the leader is confident and sees thing with a positive attitude the members will feel positive about completing their part of the project with full dedication. Being low on confidence doesn’t help as there occurs a negative feeling even before the task has started. Always be confident, no matter what!
Communication is by far the most important thing a leader do if he has to be a successful leader and wants to see his team do well. Leaders who communicate give an impression to their employees that they are involved more and the work that the members are doing is being overlooked and appreciated. Communication works both ways to as much as talking to members and employees are important, listening to them is also as important. Communication is important at all levels be it at the worker or at the board of directors hence it is regarded at the key to success of any organization.
‘DON’T’s for team leader
5. Don’t play the blame game
When you become a leader of the team, what work the members do reflects how good or bad the leader of the team is. There is no scope for individual praise in a team nor there is for individual blame. Even if you know that a task is not being performed correctly due to a single person in the team, try and avoid blaming him for it in a direct way. Especially when there is team meeting as it could affect the person’s morale. Take some blame on self and let the person know what he should do instead of what wrong he is doing.
4. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastinating is basically putting off things on hold or delaying them for future tackling. This is definite ‘don’t’ as delaying things is not what a good leader is expected to do. Face the issues or problems at the time they occur which will help you solve them there and then itself. Things like equipment up gradation, repairs outstanding bills shouldn’t be delayed as you’re going to have to deal with them for sure, so might as well deal with them as soon as possible. No one likes an employee who delays things.
3. Don’t set unachievable goals
Teams work on projects that have a specific goal and aim that they have to achieve it in the given time. It is the job of the leader to set goals on an individual level for everyone in the team. The leader has to set him a goal too, achieving that would mean the project is a success; otherwise it would be a failure. As a result, setting up goals that are within the reach becomes an important task. One should be ambitious and try to aim higher and higher but many times aiming for something way out of your reach is the reason the project fails. Set goals that are challenging yet achievable.
2. Don’t ignore others’ perspective and emotions
Most leaders fail because not because they don’t have the ability to lead but because they don’t the ability to think from the team member’s perspective. Being a leader is not always about taking the hard decisions and thinking practical. It is also about understand what impact certain decisions or statements can have on the members. Sometimes a decision can go your way so praise can lead to betterment of the person but sometimes praise could go to someone’s head and lead to the member being over confident. Hence it is very important that leaders take into account of what impact their action will have on the fellow members.
1. Overpower staff
We get it, they get it, everyone in the team gets it that you’re the leader of the team so there is no need to tell the other members under you that you’re the one running the show here. A team can’t work without an effective leader and nor can it work without the members executing the plans laid down by the leader. Hence it is important that a leader gives enough importance to a worker’s opinion. In some situations, the more brains at work, the easier it is to find a solution. If the suggestion isn’t something that’s helpful then don’t use it. It is the leader who calls the shots but it is important to let team members know that their opinion will be heard.