Having the opportunity to motivate and inspire the people around you is an incredibly rewarding position to be in, but how do you go about managing your team effectively?
Set the example
Your team will be looking to you for an example of how things are meant to be done, so it’s important to lead by example and behave in a professional manner. This doesn’t just stop with your behaviour; it includes completing your job to a high standard and continuing to develop yourself to further support your colleagues' needs.
Get to know everyone on your team
It’s important to get to know each one of your team members individually. Not only does this help to ensure mutual respect and form stronger bonds, but you will also get a better understanding of their personal strengths and discover how everyone's individual skills will work together in the best way.
Map out goals and timelines
Having set goals and timelines will keep your team members on schedule and help them from losing sight of their tasks and responsibilities. It will also create a sense of individual accountability which leads to a more cohesive team.
Set up regular meetings with each individual to see how they are getting on, go over their progress and work load and review their goals and timelines, adjusting if needed. This time should be set aside for productive and positive discussions, so if there's a negative, turn it into a positive by creating a solution to the problem.
Celebrate your team / company's achievements together
Organise a lunch outside of the office and celebrate when you've done well; not only does this create stronger bonds which lead to a better working environment, it also shows your appreciation of your team's hard work.
Encourage your team to work together & promote a sharing environment
Utilise your team's diverse range of skills and encourage them to work together. This way each skillset will be shared and learnt around the team, bringing something new to everyone and making it more likely for team members to jump in whenever they feel they can bring value.
Build positive working relationships, and your team members will do the same.
Communication is key
- Provide a structure for clear communication
- Provide valuable feedback
- Acknowledge good work and provide encouragement
- Ensure clear communication
Things to Consider
- Consider using task management software, such as Trello or Asana