LEADERSHIP / NOV. 04, 2014
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How to Inspire Your Team as a Leader

It is a fact that when you get promoted to a leadership position, you want to prove yourself at best by making your employees work efficiently. You set goals and thus want everyone to be committed and strive hard to achieve those organizational goals. But first of all you need to assess your leadership skills, i.e., whether or not you are capable of managing the team while keeping them motivated, not bullied.

You may find it hard to manage a team just like that. In order to get productive results of your management and leadership skills, you, as a leader, should be motivating them every now and then.

Through effective motivating practices like reward system, you can surely set a friendly and productive environment at your workplace.

Bring Positivity within You

Being a team leader, the first thing you need is positive attitude. No matter how difficult the project may be, keeping a positive attitude towards it can lessen the burden. The negative perception that most of the employers or team leaders create about their teams often leads to a project failure.

According to many business specialists, the team members can sense the negativity that you, as a leader, have for them and this can definitely affect their work performance. So, it is advisable to always begin a project with positive attitude, because these are the people you have chosen to work with.

Communicate Goals Clearly

Many companies, small or big, have started following a practice of setting a certain distance from their team members. They either communicate via e-mails or just post the project with a deadline via any project management software(s).

What do you think where this practice would take the project? Obviously this means a lot of revisions, annoyed clients and failure.

It is good if you sit with the respective team members and communicate the project and the goals related to that project in person. The queries from either party can be sorted out right there. If the goals of a project are defined clearly to the team, higher are the chances of effective project completion.

Lessen the Communication Gap

There shouldn’t be any communication gap between you and your team members. Always try to be all ears to their queries or any problem that they face while carrying out the project.

Remember if you are available there to solve the issues with your team, this will be highly encouraging. Your team will acknowledge that you are there to support them throughout the project.

Give Your Feedback

Whether the project is near to completion or just began, always give your feedback to your team. This way you will encourage their efforts of improving their skills. Keep in mind that periodic feedback always results in better productivity by the team.

Acknowledge their Efforts

No one will make a good leader unless he acknowledges their team members’ efforts and give them the credit for their work.

Often, team leaders fail to acknowledge their team members and always take all the credit themselves without realizing that how it will shatter the confidence of their team. Try to praise your team even for the little ideas they share with regard to the project, to make them feel that they do make a difference.

Teach and Learn Simultaneously 

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The competent leaders know exactly what they don’t know and they learn from their team. As we all know that learning is an on-going process that will never end. To be more professional in life, one has to learn either from own mistakes or others’ experiences. Don’t run a team with superiority, try to leave an impression that together you and your team will grow from learning from each other.

Leaders are pioneers who make a path for others to walk on but great leaders do more than that. They inspire their team to achieve greatly.


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