Are you the smartest person on the team? I hope you said no. But, if you look at your whole team and say to yourself, “I really am smarter than all the rest of them,” then maybe you need to find another job.
Leading and Building Teams
Being a team player doesn’t always mean agreeing with the boss or the majority. Being a team player means you are loyal to the team. As a team member that means you provide the benefit of your experience and expertise and speak up and make suggestions based on that experience and expertise.
Have you ever considered what your vision is for your team? Here’s how to define the leader’s vision.
The human body is amazing. It even comes with its own clock. This internal, or biological clock tells us when it’s time to eat and sleep. It will council us that, yes there are only two episodes of Lucifer left but it really is time to go to bed. So how can you help your team member’s circadian rhythm?
This concept of, “fake it ‘till you make it” is very bad advice for leaders. You will get caught faking it, most likely fairly quickly, and will lose any respect your team may have for you.
Too often the requirement to be a follower is interpreted to mean, “Do as you’re told and don’t argue.” Sometimes that may be necessary, but usually that approach does not benefit the team or the leader. A better approach is to support the leader.
No one’s perfect and when the average imperfect individual finds him or herself in a leadership position, there are suddenly many more opportunities to mess up. My own experience has proven this to be true. As the scope of responsibility grows, the likelihood of making mistakes increases. To avoid many common mistakes, make these five actions the core of your approach to your leadership responsibilities.
How do you evaluate a potential leader? You need to ask yourself a few questions and observe for the answers.
You know you should develop future leaders. It’s one of your primary leadership responsibilities. But how do you find those future leaders? How do you know if someone will be successful as a leader?