Teams can be a very effective in producing innovative solutions in the workplace. In jobs throughout every industry, employers always emphasize the need for “good team players.”
Teams can generate enthusiasm and increase communication between workers from different departments. “Teamwork” should be the mantra of every organization. Yet, we all know that creating a team can be a bit like creating a monster.
People working together can harness the talents and strengths of individuals to create quality results, yet they can also choose to spread negativity and destroy communication as well as enthusiasm in the workplace.
To Lead or Not to Lead, that is the Question!
As you can see, creating and leading a team can be a risk. Yet, risk-takers often succeed above all others.
If you’re willing to rise above the challenges to lead a team, you should first prepare to lead your team effectively. Here’s how you can watch out for the pitfalls and maximize the advantages of this valuable method of working.
Evaluate Yourself – Do You Have the Qualities of a Team Lead?
The first step you should take in leading a team is to take a good look at yourself and the qualities you lend to this role.
Do you know how to lead a team? If you can answer yes to these questions, you’re already ready to get started:
- Do you have a positive attitude? Can you convey enthusiasm for a project and rouse it in others? Do you have the ability to set a productive and energetic tone for a group? If the leader isn’t passionate about achieving the goal, the team members won’t be either.
- Are you organized? Starting a team takes strong organizational skills and you must be able to communicate precisely the results you are looking for. A team needs strong direction. Kicking off your first team meeting with necessary details and clear goals allows others to feel confident about their roles as well as the team’s purpose. Staying organized throughout will help you to guide your team to success.
- Are you a good communicator? Many people think they are effective communicators but aren’t fully aware of what communication is all about. While providing direction is one important communication skill, listening is equally important. Be open to listening to your team. It not only makes your team members feel confident, appreciated, and supported, but it allows you to follow progress and steer the team toward its goals.
- Are you confident enough to lead? As a leader you must often step back and allow your team to progress without interfering. If you are unable to let go of tasks and details and feel the need to be “in the trenches” so to speak, you are not fulfilling the role of a leader. If you have properly communicated the goals and set a productive atmosphere for your team, you should be able to delegate the work with confidence. Check on progress from time to time and keep your door open, but don’t micro-manage your team. It will only stunt creativity and cause frustration.
What is a Team Lead?
An effective team leader is someone who has confidence, enthusiasm, as well as organizational and communication skills.
With these skills you can lead a team to meet or even exceed its goals.
Through the team process you’ll be offering all those involved a fulfilling work experience. You’re providing both career growth and promoting good relationships within the workplace. Companies may believe in team building, but it is teams that build companies.
Lynn Mattoon is a Content Editor & Career Writer for Phillyjobs.com, a Beyond.com career community. You can follow her on Twitter at BeyondCareers.