Successful team building is about more than just finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills. A number of top executives say "I hire the best people and get out of their way" when asked about their leadership style. Of course, hiring the right people is the most important part of building a strong team, and delegating to give people more autonomy is a powerful motivator. However, managing a team is not simple. Leaders must take a more hands-on role to ensure the group functions well together and remains focused on the correct priorities.
It is important for a leader to establish values and goals in order to measure team performance. Without these, it would be difficult to improve as a team. Furthermore, if a team does not have values or goals, they are more likely to become stagnant and lose motivation. Strong leaders are not afraid to make difficult decisions, course correct when needed, and set high standards of performance that are constantly being met and improved.
Some of the questions that need to be answered are:
What do we really care about in performing our job?
What does success mean to this team?
What actions can we take to reach our goals?
Teams need strong leadership to ensure that they will reach their goals, work together effectively, and perform at their best. If you want to be an effective leader, you need to be committed to your work and be accountable and responsible for your actions. As a strong leader, try to cultivate adaptability, welcome feedback, and motivate team members to do their best work.
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