LEADERSHIP / DEC. 20, 2013
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The Traits of Team Leaders who Create Loyalty

One of the best ways of judging the quality and ability of a leader is by looking at the levels of loyalty they inspire from their team. The ability to motivate your team to follow you through the good times and even more importantly the tough times is a key trait of a great leader.

A leader’s ability to create unity and loyalty by creating an organisational culture that minimizes confusion and clashes has a big impact on an organisation. Here is what makes great team leaders stand out as loyalty builders:

They Create Strong Cultures

  • First and foremost, you should strive to instill a strong sense of family and unity among your team members. Everyone shares in both successes and failures so as a leader avoid finger pointing and blaming individual members.
  • Choosing the right people to join your team is particularly central. Make sure the individuals you hire share your core values and their ethos contributes to the creation of a common bond. Seek out individuals who put team goals first.
  • Constantly communicate the vision and mission of your team. Individuals should be loyal to the vision and mission, not the leader.
  • Creating an atmosphere of working through adversity is another way to compel your team to collaborate and unite in an attempt to handle hardship. Overcoming adversity together strengthens their bond. In principle, your team will learn more from its losses than its wins.

They act like a Mentor

  • Great leaders are comfortable with their flaws. They have the ability to disagree and commit, this approach builds loyalty within the team.
  • They also display “window and mirror” maturity. When things go well leaders point out the window and give credit to everyone else. When things go wrong, they look in the mirror at themselves and take full responsibility.
  • Team leaders realize that the organization is greater than any one person so they avoid egos and selfishness.

They Take Advantage of Allies

  • Leaders are great communicators and straightforward characters and as such do not enable hidden agendas to prevail within their team. People in the team know what everyone is doing because there is a culture of transparency and clearness within the team. As a result of this culture, agreements do not go unresolved; leaders don’t allow tension and gossip to build.
  • Leaders create a shared purpose. They establish and make the vision and goals of the team clear to everyone early and often. Unity will then overcome individual talent, a fact which is also apparent in sports. A team which boasts talented individuals doesn’t necessarily beat a team which is unified.
  • Last but not least, when you are a leader; you have a mission to serve other people and help them excel in their job by inspiring them. Great team leaders are able to give something back to everyone, no matter what their position is in the hierarchy.

All in all, an outstanding team leader has a key role to play creating loyalty and unity within a team. These qualities are pivotal in cultivating trust, creating synergies and strong interpersonal bonds amongst members which in turn boost team performance and productivity.

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