Growing your team will make your dream a reality. Look at your motives for forming the team. If you are forming the team to benefit yourself, you have the wrong motives. A team should be formed for the benefit of the community or team experience. Forming a team to build the organization is another good reason.
Let your team see who you are. It precedes what you do, so let them see it. This is transparency which shows your openness to your team. When showing this transparency remember to be consistent, humble, courageous, confident, committed, and captivating. Show your consistence by focus on the vision and purpose. Be humble and show weaknesses to display courage. Show your confidence and commitment for your vision and purpose and this will captivate your team.
Your vision needs to be communicated to your team clearly, concisely, and continually. Your vision message should state:
- Clarity to bring understanding and answer what the people must know and what you want them to do
- A connection to the past, present and future of the vision
- The purpose giving direction to the vision
- Targets of the vision
- Transparency to the vision which gives credibility to the leader
- Relationship of the story to the vision
- Any challenges of the vision
- Passion which fuels the vision
- Standards which brings accountability to the vision
- A process of the vision
The more clarity of the vision conveyed to your teams the more engaged your team will be. Using this vision clarity will also allow you and your team to focus on the purpose.
A leader’s vision should attract challenges and bring teams together. The challenges cause team members to fight to achieve the vision targets.
Make sure you are equipping your team for success. Offering the tools that your team needs to complete the tasks you are asking them to complete is vital to their success. Their success is critical to your team’s success. Giving them the tools to complete the job is just one aspect to consider. You must also give them what they need to grow as a team and future leaders. Show them that you care by providing them with communication, recognition, and affirmation. Work on their weakness and build on their strengths. Offer them your time, energy, and focus on the vision and purpose. Let them seek you out as a resource for training, support, and tools. Communicate with clarity the expectations and remove any unnecessary burdens. And of course, praise them for their good work.
As a leader, when you feel insecure you might lose your focus on leadership. Insecurity leads to a blurred focus of your vision and purpose. This lack of focus may be due to lower morale, rejection from others, or when people stop liking us. When you start to feel this insecurity, stop and take a deep breath and regain your focus.
All leaders are rough gems that need polishing. Leaders have edges that need to be smoothed over and flaws that need to be buffed out. Even with the flaws, the leader is still a valuable gem. People depend on leaders to guide them into better performers and future leaders and this can’t be done without continuously improving yourself while improving others.
Leaders are required to see the whole picture of each project and team development. They can see a project mapped out for what seems like miles. Give them a team and they can envision how each person will serve on that team to make it succeed. It is incredible how easily leaders can describe in their minds the details of the purpose and vision before it has even been completely formed.
Even with this vision of the team structure, some of the most talented teams have failed. The question is why? Believe it or not, it all comes down to attitude. A terrible attitude with great talent will give you a bad team. A poor attitude with great talent will give you an average team. An average attitude with great talent will give you a good team. A great attitude with great talent will give you an awesome team. The better the attitude of the team members the better the team. You can try it out on your next project to see the results. Find the best attitudes available and see how great your team is.
As a leader grows the chain reaction is that the organization grows. A leader grows with the team that is being led. It becomes a revolution of change and improvement for teams and leaders. This revolution turns into an evolution as the teams and the leaders grow.
To ensure growth, pay attention to the people following your footsteps. As a leader you are the one that is being watched and duplicated. When your team is confident of your abilities they will mimic your actions to acquire the same results. This is a good thing if you are doing the right thing so remember to watch who is watching you.
Don’t forget that you are human. Try not to take yourself too seriously and remember your sense of humor. Your leadership role is important, but leaders need to be human beings with faults and humors. Being too serious could be a downturn in morale and cause your followers to look for a better attitude with other leaders.
Leadership is not motivated by manipulation or self-promotion but an attitude of building others to be their best possible selves. This positive attitude includes building of yourself in the process. Learning is a continual journey throughout the leadership role. Through this process you will find promotion in your team and self-promotion will become aware in your teams strengths and abilities.
One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is playing the blame game. A good leader doesn’t fall into this trap. Don’t blame something on someone else. If you were the cause, and sometimes even when you’re not the cause, take the blame. A natural human instinct that needs to be squelched as a leader is to blame others. The best leaders don’t find someone to blame for a mistake that was made by them or one they were the cause of. True leaders take accountability for their actions and learn from that accountability. They ask themselves questions like:
- What did I learn from this mistake?
- How can I turn this failure into a success?
- How can these mistakes be prevented in the future?
- What was successful about this lesson?
Leaders will always take the responsibility for the error of their team as well as themselves. People who blame others for the failure will never overcome that failure which will prevent them from moving on to a new problem. They will only relive the same problems over again. Reliving problems will not allow you to grow. To lead you must learn to continually improve yourself and responsibility is the best way to reach your potential.
Taking accountability for your mistakes shows your team your values. These values promote loyalty and loyalty makes people continue to follow leaders. Loyalty is something that comes with time and can only be created with patterned history of success. Leaders start with small followings and then develop massive followings over time and consistent loyalty to those followers.
Remember that during your journey that you must balance life and work. Don’t forget that your family is one of the main reasons you are a leader. Most leaders have some form of family that has helped them develop in some way to a leadership role. Remember that those family members are your first followers and need to be appreciated for what they have accomplished and helped you with.