Team management requires an elevated level of leadership. Here are 5 key skills every good company leader needs to hone in order to effectively manage a team:
- Delegation: Knowing that you can’t do everything is the first step to being a good leader. You have a team for a reason, after all! The key to great delegation is being aware of every team member’s specialized skills and assets. Take the time to get to know everyone on your team personally and professionally so that you can delegate tasks to the right people.
- Motivation: The trouble with motivating a team is that different people are motivated by different things. Some of your team members are highly self motivated individuals who don’t need extra encouragement to perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. Others need managerial input in order to perform well and will under-perform when they don’t feel pressure. Figure out how your team members are motivated. Above all else, use your own enthusiasm and energy to keep your team members interested in the project at hand. Keep them updated with progress reports and make sure they feel acknowledged and valued when they meet their goals.
- Development: Your team members are already qualified for their tasks, but they should be working towards becoming even better and more valuable employees. Offering periodic feedback will give you and your team members opportunities to review what areas require development. In addition, certain areas will stand out as exceptional, meaning you can start assigning more challenging tasks in these areas. You should have some long-term goals for your team and keep working toward developing your team members to meet these goals.
- Communication: You can’t delegate, motivate, or develop your team members without communicating with them. But communicating is a two-way street. Along with talking to your team members, make sure you are listening to their ideas and concerns. Remember, this is a talented group of individuals who will move your team, and company, forward. Addressing their concerns and valuing their feedback and ideas is essential.
- Discipline: As a team manager, you are in charge of making sure your team members are following laws as well as company guidelines. You’ll need to take appropriate discipline action. Depending on the severity of the situation, this can range from one private conversation to terminating the employee. Make sure you have all the facts straight about the issue in question including any necessary documentation ahead of time.
As a team manager, you have the opportunity to move your company forward. Knowing your team members and their skills as well as their weaknesses will help you develop your team according to your company’s goals and guidelines.