The following are ten effective steps that you can focus on daily to build your team and get the best out of each team member.
Place a High Value on Your Team Members
If you want to get the best out of your team, you have to value each member of your team. If you focus on the individuals in your team, you will win your team over and establish the team vision. Make sure you do not take all the credit for the successes of the team, but always give the credit to the team.
Commit Resources to Developing Your Team Members
To facilitate growth in your team you need resources. People are only your most appreciable asset if you develop them. Whatever the cost will be for developing people will not be as high as the cost for not developing people.
Place High Value on Leadership
All good leaders recognize the importance of leadership and place a high value on it. If you value leadership, leaders will emerge to add value to your team.
Look for Potential Leaders
Leaders who value leadership are continually on the lookout for potential leaders. The following are some qualities in a team member that could make them a potential leader.
- They make things happen.
- They See opportunities.
- They influence opinions and actions of others.
- They add value to the team.
- They draw winners to themselves.
- They provide ideas.
- They have an uncommonly great attitude.
- They live up to their commitments.
- They show fierce loyalty to the team and team leader.
Know and Respect Your Team
As you build your team, you will get to know the team members better as individuals. The following are some points to keep in mind in the development process:
- People want to see results.
- People want to be effective.
- People want to be in the picture.
- People want to be appreciated.
- People want to be part of the celebration.
Try to tailor the development process for each individual team member as much as possible.
Provide Potential Leaders With Leadership Experience
Potential leaders cannot learn leadership without actually leading. There needs to be a shift from merely delegating tasks to delegating leadership functions with authority and accountability.
Initiative is an important part of leadership. Leaders are proactive and they make things happen. Reward initiative shown in your team.
Provide a Safe Environment Where Team Members Ask Questions, Share Ideas and Take Risks
Secure leaders do not take it personally when they are asked questions by their team members. They are not threatened when they share ideas. Give your team members room to succeed or fail.
Grow With Your Team
When a team sees their leader growing it changes the culture in the team and removes the barriers between the leader and the rest of the team. It also makes the leader more accessible and sends a clear message that growth is a priority.
Draw People With Higher Potential Into Your Inner Circle
The best way to develop high caliber leaders is to have them mentored by high caliber leaders. Handpick people with the best potential and invite them into your inner circle and mentor them. Give your best to your best people.