How to Create a Successful Team
I want to establish something up front. There is no such thing as a "perfect" employee, team, manager or business. There just is not. You can work your ass off to be that business owner or employee, but at the end of the day, there will always be something that goes wrong, something someone does not like, or something that damages your reputation. That is OKAY. It is important to recognize that and remember it when things do not turn out in your favour.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, you are probably thinking, okay Emily, but what can I do to create a successful (not perfect) team? Let us begin.
Let each employee sparkle
Just because you are the manager or owner or CEO, does not mean all eyes need to be on you. If you want your team to succeed, you need to empower them. Take the time to try and understand each employee. Sit down and have a conversation with them. Seriously...do it. Find out what motivates them to come to work everyday. Figure out not only what their strengths are...but what they actually love doing. From that point, you can arrange the team as you see fit. Place your team members where they belong, where their strengths are and where they are happiest. Let them feel supported and sparkle.
Be the defender
It sounds silly - but hear me out. As a manager, if you want your team to be successful with you...be the defender. A defender protects the team; they stand up for them when something or someone knocks them down. A defender will always have their team's back. When you are the defender of your team, it will build a positive and safe environment and panic will not set in if something goes wrong. Why? Because they know they can come to you for guidance and you will have their back no matter what. The more of a defender you are, the more your team will feel supported.
For teams to be successful, they need to be given the proper direction. They need to know what the goal is, what each team member's role is and how they will get to where they need to be. So communicate with them every step of the way. No - this is not an excuse to be a micromanager. You are not dictating them. You provide them with the correct tools, insights and communication and are there if they need you moving forward. When you develop this clear communication, all team members know what is expected of them and how their role fits into the team's larger purpose and priorities.
Successful teams are developed under leaders who have the ability to understand how to maximize on their employee's strengths and passions, who know how to defend their team when needed and communicate in the most effective way. At the end of the day, each of these lead to one key word - support. Supported teams are successful teams.
Till next time,