How to lead a successful team?We all have periods of low self-esteem and poor self-confidence, but that’s not to say we should grin and bear it. We’ve linked up with Jo Painter, a Professional Confidence & Leadership Coach who helps women that want to work and live their full potential. She can assist in quieting that little doubting voice in your head, help you to be more assertive and feel empowered to step out of your comfort zone, as well as tips on how to lead a successful team.
1. “I gave enough time and guidelines for my staff to prepare for the given tasks, but they still under performed which lead to low work performance as a team.”Jo: When talking about how to lead a successful team, ensuring your team have the guidance and time they need is an important starting point for delivery. However, have you also articulated what success looks like for them and been clear on what your expectations of delivery are? A common mistake team leaders make is to assume their staff can see inside their head and understand the vision they’re trying to articulate. You can ensure that you’re all on the same page by asking them to clarify their understanding of what is needed as well as any barriers they believe might affect the success of the task. Allowing your team to have some autonomy over the task is important. To help you feel comfortable that it’s on track you could agree check-in points throughout the project to monitor their progress. By agreeing up front these critical points it avoids your team feeling they are being micromanaged. If despite all of this your team continues to underperform, hold a team review of the task. Explore the reasons for success not being achieved: what was within their control and what was outside of their influence? Creating a no-blame culture for this review is essential to enable team members to talk freely. Follow this up with individual performance reviews if appropriate.
2. “My staff don’t work up to my standards, therefore I have to take over and do extra work, this makes me have less time to do the work I am supposed to do.”Jo: This sounds to me like classic perfectionist behaviour. The need to deliver unrealistically high standards and the fear of failing or being judged if you don’t.