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How To Be The Best Leader For Your Team

Posted by Guest Post on Sep 23, 2021 8:53:00 AM

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The key to having a successful business is having the right people in the right positions. Team leaders can help you take your business to the next level by leading teams to success. Unfortunately, many businesses lack strong leadership. This shortage of talent can lead to high employee turnover, lack of organization, and lack of communication, all of which can hurt your business. 

As a decision-maker, it's your responsibility to find leaders that can help teams become more successful, productive, and efficient. The good news is almost anyone can be a great leader, which can help improve workplace culture and retain your top talent. There isn't a business owner out there that can't benefit from leadership qualities, even solopreneurs. Whatever the case, you can be the best leader for your team; all it takes is a little practice. Here's how you can be the best leader for your team. 

Find the Best Candidates

Being a leader means finding the right candidates for the job. Hiring individuals who are unqualified means you won't be able to build a successful team. When conducting a phone interview with candidates, make sure you know the types of positions you're hiring for and what skill sets are needed. Instead of focusing on only hard skills, focus on a mixture of soft and hard skills so you can build a successful team based on their expertise and ability to work together. 

Look at the Big Picture

As a leader, you're going to be busy running to meetings, solving problems for your team, and working on your projects. But as a leader, you're going to need to step back from your day-to-day life and focus on the big picture, including new opportunities that will help your team succeed. 

Be Decisive

People who lead need to be confident in their decisions. Once you commit, try not to waver from a course of action unless you find out you were wrong. When you're confident and self-assured, employees will naturally be drawn to you. They will also begin taking on your attributes and become confident in themselves. 

Learn How to Prioritize

If someone makes a mistake on a small part of the project, try not to sweat it. It's your job to prioritize things that matter. You know the projects you need to complete with your team, so the first thing you need to do is determine what's most important.

Make a list of your team's top priorities and communicate them with everyone on the team, letting them know what their jobs are. You can even break down these priorities by project if you're working on multiple at the same time. Instead of focusing on busy work and minutia, work on things that help you check your priorities off your list. 

Don't Micromanage

No employee likes being micromanaged, and leaders need to instill confidence and trust into their employees. If you're constantly checking on your team members and watching them work, they're going to feel like you don't trust them to do things right. Instead of feeling the need to check every detail of the project, learn to trust your employees. Remember, you hired them for a reason. 

If you catch mistakes when it's time to review their work, you can give them feedback and teach them how to fix and avoid their mistakes for next time. 

Inspire Others

Employees who are inspired love coming to work, and it shows. As a leader, you need to empower your team to be the best versions of themselves. Grant your team the authority to voice their opinions and own their work. For example, if someone believes a project should be handled in another way, allow them to speak up. You never know when someone can turn your idea into something better for the company. 

Give all of your employees an equal shot at promotions, opportunities, and training. Remember, do not play favorites. If you work with a family member, make sure other employees don't feel as though you've given them a promotion because they're family. Instead, offer others the same opportunity to succeed. 

Communicate Effectively

Certain people respond to various types of communications differently. Some people are more playful than others when they communicate, while others will take everything you say seriously. Learn about each of the personalities on your team so you can communicate in a way they understand. 

You should keep your team in the loop at all times. If something changes, let them know so they don't feel like they missed out on any important conversations. 

Acknowledge Your Team

Remember, it's not your success; it's your team's success that matters. Good leaders are humble and acknowledge their team. For example, let's say your team is presenting a new billboard campaign to investors of the company. When an investor has a question, let the team member who worked on that part of the project answer it. 

If you're the one presenting the project while the team works on another project, never take credit for work that's not yours. You never know who in the meeting will take what you say back to your team. 

Instead of talking about your success with important people like investors and partners, talk about your team’s success. You can choose to talk about each individual team member and their skill sets. Humility is merely one quality of a great leader.

Encourage Growth

Unfortunately, too many workers have had managers who were envious that they were promoted and on the same level as them. This can make work a hostile environment nobody enjoys. Good leaders encourage growth and are happy when their team members succeed. 

Being a Good Leader

Being a good leader takes practice. However, you can start practicing right now with your employees by giving them an open line of communication. If someone comes to you for help, try to help them with their problem instead of solely caring about what you're working on and how it impacts you. A successful team depends on its leader. 

This guest post was written by Matt Casadona. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys San Diego life, traveling, and music. 

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Topics: Leadership, Staffing, Workforce Management, Culture

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