One of the best things business leaders can do is build quality teams. Working with a great team can be an exceptionally productive and satisfactory experience. People look forward to coming to work every day when their teams are energetic and motivated, not to mention willing to be pushed to complete projects and achieve goals that seemed too difficult. A definite advantage of being part of a driven team is that they will always have each other’s back.
On the flip side, working with a team of people that constantly cause conflicts, have poor communication skills, and are not transparent in their duties will generally drag you down. It’s quite easy to guess which team your employees would want to work in!
Considerable research has been done to determine how leaders can build and maintain high-performance teams. This post will outline five of the best leadership characteristics that give birth to productive teams.
1) Team Leaders Become an Incredible Source of Inspiration
As per Joseph Folkman, a renowned psychometrician, organized, smart and high performing workers and teams are not always the result of the push factor – there is always a lot of pull involved as well. Team leaders and managers that have a great team know how to instill a good amount of excitement, energy and motivation in their people.
They know what is going to make them feel constantly inspired and part of a mission. They make them understand that everything that they do as a team counts considerably, every step of the way.
2) Leaders Always Develop a Healthy Environment of Accountability
According to John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft, there is no question that the most difficult thing about being a leader is handling consequences and discussing accountability.
You see, accountability isn’t where you discourage or demotivate your employee for doing something wrong. It’s all about appreciating your employee’s honesty regarding their mistake and presenting the results in a transparent manner.
3) Situational Leaders
According to Johanna Tommervik, tech enthusiast and entrepreneur, another great trait of leaders is that they are helpful to their team members in every phase of the operation. They are there to meet a variety of needs of the team throughout the different life cycles of a project. There is nothing more important for a business leader than to diligently adapt to dynamic changes in the nature of any project and to back their teams all the way through.
4) The Leader’s Ability to Diligently Communicate the Direction of the Company and Their Vision
Great leaders also invest their time in helping their team remain focused on the company’s vision and the purpose behind their efforts. Highly motivated and performing teams will never deviate from the message of their leader.
Business managers and team leaders consistently communicate this to their people in order to keep them focused on the job at hand and on their mission. There is no question it is easy for anybody to get distracted, which is where leaders step in to ensure their team is up to date with everything and are right on track.
5) Visionary Leaders Make it a Habit to Stretch their Goals
This is also a powerful trait that some leaders exhibit; they can stretch their objectives and milestones to develop an internal drive for their team to go above and beyond the call of duty.
These leaders understand that their productive workforce does not always want to do something that can be easily achieved. Professionals don’t grow that way. High performers want to be pushed beyond their limits to accomplish something magnificent and extraordinary. And when they do, leaders highlight the contributions of their team and remind them how significant they are to them.
Working with a team “from hell” will make it far more difficult to accomplish anything regardless of whether you own a small or large business. In addition, negativity can be infectious and will deviate your team members from their mission. Instead, focus on developing the traits mentioned above to significantly help you create and maintain high-performing teams, regardless of your industry.
Fatima Mansoor is a writer at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Managed, and Implementation Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations. She specializes in business & entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and health & fitness. Her focus is on creating compelling web content for small and medium businesses form diverse industries. She mostly writes for entrepreneurs and marketing agencies across the US, Australia and UK.
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