Highly effective teams rely on strong leadership, cohesion and motivated individuals.
All good and well, but what does that boil down to? This isn't a comprehensive article, at all. But, if you're a developing leader, you're about to be promoted, or you want to know if you're doing it right? Read along.
Effective communication, at all levels, forms the basis of every high performing team. This means communication going up and down the chain. Everyone should be comfortable talking about everything, to everyone.
What else is in the leadership toolbox?
Fundamentally, great leaders do not claim responsibility for success, instead they praise their team for great performance. Great leaders accept ultimate responsibility for poor performance without any deflection unto their team. Team discipline is ultimately the team leaders’ responsibility, external rank or any other parties should never undermine this.
Stop me if you think that makes sense, but reality doesn't reflect this.
Maintaining high standards through effective leadership is done by acknowledgement. Acknowledge your team and their efforts. Praise and reward them often, and fast. Hard work and great achievements must be rewarded in addition to the previous three examples. Great leaders employ these tactics naturally and genuinely. It must become a natural flow of events where the leader sets the tone, and it is the entire process that creates and maintains great teams, positive work environments and happy employees.
This perfect storm of events is the leaders’ responsibility. Transformational leadership done correctly has been correlated with higher employee job satisfaction and emotional well-being.
Conversely, where great leadership can include numerous positive indicators of employee satisfaction, toxic leadership correlates with a near equal number of negative indicators of employee satisfaction.
A key indicator of a poor leader, is micromanagement. This must be avoided at all cost, as a micromanaging leader severely undermines team autonomy, innovation and trust.
What other indicators do you associate with a poor leader?
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The consistent application of basic training principles is the little key. The heavy door is whatever your reason is for training the first place. Every locked door opens easily with the right key. You can hard-knock the bastard, breach your way through and get what you need. But in terms of longevity, that door is cactus.
Motivation for the motivated is a funny thing, because it isn’t about motivation at all. A tiny portion of society know exactly what they want, how to get it and what they have to do to achieve it.
They don’t need to be pushed or motivated, they need to be controlled.
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