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Angie Henson - May 18, 2023
Often new leaders feel daunted about how to begin enhancing team success. In fact, even seasoned leaders often feel confused about exactly what they should be doing. But it doesn’t have to be a mystery.
Effective team management starts at the top. Here are some tactics for cultivating it.
You’ll become increasingly more effective as a manager as you hone these abilities.
Become an outstanding communicator to increase your effectiveness in these ways:
Through these techniques, you’ll make yourself understood and support your direct reports’ needs.
Giving people support tailored to their needs will help them reach the next level. Focus on these four priority areas to do that.
By taking these steps, you’ll make great strides in empowering employees to succeed.
Give plenty of both constructive criticism and praise—ideally, multiple times a week. Younger employees may crave daily feedback, so cater to their needs. With abundant feedback, there will be no surprises in formal performance evaluations.
Conduct both individual and team performance reviews, too. Group reviews help teams understand how to improve as a unit. Make all performance reviews a dialogue, sharing your observations and listening to theirs.
Building trust increases employee loyalty and confidence. In fact, companies that are trusted by employees outperform others by 400%, so put these trust-building strategies to use:
For example, Cisco Systems, known as one of the top places to work, trusts employees to take time off when needed. Management is viewed as highly ethical, and team members care about one another’s wellbeing.
Help employees boost productivity by prioritizing goals and tasks, then setting deadlines. Hold weekly meetings to discuss progress. Voicing goals to another person and setting regular appointments to discuss them increases the likelihood of achieving them by 95%.
Encourage work-life balance. Talk with employees about how to strengthen this balance. For example, a frazzled employee might focus on completing the most pressing task before finishing others.
Use project planning best practices. Outline the project lifecycle and key stages. Create checklists of what needs to happen during every stage, along with who will handle it.
Continuous learning can be a significant employee benefit, as they want to work for a company that will nurture their growth. So, support their sustained development.
Provide ongoing training opportunities so growth will never stop. Ignite a culture of learning and growing by sharing your own enthusiasm for gaining new knowledge. Offer tools and resources that fit each employee’s level and role. You might group them into “learning clusters” to discuss the knowledge they’re building.
By using these strategies, you’ll cultivate a driven and capable team that believes in its ability to get things done. Each person will have the support they need, and they’ll feel like a united front as a team. As a result, they’ll achieve more ambitious goals and strive to reach even higher!