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The Importance of a Positive Attitude for Team Leaders

The Importance of a Positive Attitude for Team Leaders

Leaders, who are achieving lasting success, are those leaders who possess a positive outlook on life. To be an effective team leader it essential that you have a positive outlook on life. A positive attitude not only determines your level of contentment it also impacts how others interact with you.

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A Positive Attitude is a Choice

As a team leader, you should never wait for someone else to motivate you. Do not let the circumstances dictate the way you think. No matter what may have transpired yesterday, your attitude today is your choice.

Your Attitude Determines Your Actions

Success is not always the result of a high IQ or exceptional talent. Your attitude is always more important than your aptitude. A positive attitude is important because your attitude will determine your actions.

Your Team is a Mirror of Your Attitude

A team leader cannot have a poor attitude and at the same time expect the team members to be positive. The positive attitude of a leader not only fuels the leader, but it also encourages the team to keep pressing on until they succeed. As a team leader, one of your goals should be to pass on your positive attitude to your team.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

If you already have a positive attitude, it is crucial that you work on maintaining it. Maintaining a positive attitude is better than trying to regain one. If you struggle to expect the best of yourself and your team, remember you can change it because you can choose your attitude.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Attitudes

Feed on a steady diet of positive and motivational material. Start feeding yourself with a regular diet of motivational books and talks. The more negative you are, the longer it will take to turn your attitude around. A steady diet of positivity will transform you into a positive thinker.

Achieve a goal a day. If team leaders feel that they are not making progress, it may cause them to fall into a rut of negativity. Team leaders can overcome this by setting achievable daily goals for themselves. A pattern of positive achievement will help develop a pattern of positive thinking.

Put up reminders of positivity. Put up reminders in your work area and home to keep your thoughts positive. You can put up awards, inspirational posters or positive letters you received. Find something that will work for you.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Passion for Team Leaders

The Importance of Passion for Team Leaders

Is passion a characteristic of your life? Passion is an essential quality that you need to be a successful leader of people. It is not possible to effectively lead in an area about which you are not passionate. As a team leader, you cannot start a fire in your team if that fire is not already burning inside of you. Passion is what makes the difference between ordinary leaders and great leaders. To be successful in something you need to love what you are doing. Passion is what makes it possible for seemingly ordinary people to accomplish great things. Nothing can take the place of passion in the life of a team leader.

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Passion is The First Step to Achievement

Your desire will determine destiny. All great leaders in history were known for their passion in the areas in which they achieved much. To live a life beyond the ordinary, you need great desire.

Passion Increases Your Will Power

There is absolutely no substitute for passion. Passion is the fuel for the will. If you want something bad enough you will find the willpower to achieve it. The only way to have that kind of desire is to develop passion.

Passion Changes You

If you want to become more dedicated and productive as a team leader, you have to follow your passion and not other people’s perceptions of you. Passion increases your ability to impact others. In the end your passion will have more influence than your personality.

Passion Makes the Impossible Possible

Impossibilities vanish when something fires the soul. That is why passionate team leaders are such effective leaders. Leaders with great passion and few skills will always do better than leaders with many skills but no passion.

How Team Leaders Can Increase Their Passion

Evaluate Your Level of Passion How passionate are you about your leadership? Get an honest assessment from others about your level of passion for what you are doing. You will only truly be able to become passionate when you believe passion can be the difference maker in your life.

Rediscover Your Passion Try and remember what you were passionate about when you started working or when you were a child. What were those things you could spend hours doing? Try and recapture your old enthusiasm and evaluate your life and career in light of those old loves.

Associate with People of Passion Passion is contagious. Get infected with passion by surrounding yourself with passionate people.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Listening for Team Leaders

The Importance of Listening for Team Leaders

Do you consider yourself an effective listener? Team leaders can sometimes get so busy doing their own thing and trying to make things happen, that they stop paying attention to what is going on around them. It essential that team leaders slow down and pay greater attention to those around them. It is critical that team leaders not only listen to words, but also feelings, meanings and undercurrents.

Before leaders can have influence in their team members’ lives, they have to get to know them. The best way to get to know your team members better is by listening to them. The biggest percentage of management problems is due to faulty communication, and the majority of communication problems are due to poor listening. The two primary purposes for listening is to connect with people and to learn.

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People That Team Leaders Should be Listening To

Team Members Listening is more than mere interaction with your team members. You should take the time to get a feel for who each team member as a person. Do not just listen to the facts, change you focus and really listen.

Clients Team leaders should guard against getting so caught up in their ideas that they never hear their customers’ complaints, concerns, and suggestions. Although unhappy customers are always a concern, they can be your greatest opportunity. Effective leaders make it a priority to keep in contact with the people they are serving.

Competitors Leaders should not be so focused on building their own case that they cannot learn from what their competitors are doing. Leaders learn from their competitors by listening. Although they should not base their action on what the competition is doing, leaders can learn what they can from them to improve themselves.

Mentors No team leader is so advanced that they cannot be without a mentor. It is always beneficial to learn from leaders that have more experience than you have. If you do not have a mentor, try and find one. If you cannot find somebody to help you in person, begin the process by reading books.

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How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Listening Skills

Change Your Schedule Do you spend time listening to your followers, customers, competitors and mentors? It is essential for the team leader to have all four groups on their calendar regularly.

Meet Each Team Member Where They Are Effective listeners always find common ground with their other team members. When you meet with one of your team members, discipline yourself to ask four or five questions about them as a person. Build connections by seeking common ground and getting to know your team members.

Listen Between the Lines Although team leaders should always pay attention to the factual content of a conversation, they must not ignore the emotional content. Often you learn more about what is really going on by reading between the lines.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

 

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The Importance of Initiative for Team Leaders

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Do you see yourself as an initiator? Are you consistently looking for opportunities or are you waiting for the opportunities to come to you? Team leaders need always to be looking for opportunities for their teams and should be ready to take action on those opportunities.

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Qualities that Team Leaders Possess Which Enable Them to Take Initiative

They know what they want: Team leaders cannot be effective if they are indecisive. To be effective, team leaders need to know what they want. This is the only way to recognize opportunities when they present themselves.

They push themselves to act: Initiators do not wait for other people to motivate them. They take responsibility to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and make a habit of doing this. Initiators do the things that ought to be done, and when they make up their mind to do a thing they act on it.

They take more risks: Proactive team leaders take risks and they know there is a price to pay for not initiating. The risk of taking action is often less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

They make more mistakes: Team leaders who initiate make things happen but they inevitably also make a lot of errors. Even though they often fail they do not let it bother them. The greater the potential of the leader, the greater the chance of failure. If team leaders want to achieve great things they have to risk failing greatly. They must be willing to put themselves on the line.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Initiative

Change your mindset: If you feel that you lack initiative, it is essential to recognize that the problem comes from within and not from others. Ask yourself why you tend to hesitate. Does risk scare you? Are you discouraged by past failures? Do you tend to miss the potential that opportunities offer? Find the source of your hesitation and address it. You will not move forward on the outside until you move forward on the outside.

Do not wait for opportunity to knock: The truth is that opportunity seldom comes knocking on your door. You have to go out and look for opportunities. Get an idea of your potential by taking stock of your assets, talents and resources. Now spend every day of the week looking for opportunities. Where do you see needs? Who is looking for your expertise?

Take the next step: It is not enough to just see the opportunity; you have to do something about it. Pick the best opportunity you see and take it as far as you can. Do not stop until you have done everything you can to make it happen.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Focus for Team Leaders

The Importance of Focus for Team Leaders

Priorities and concentration are the keys to focus. When team leaders have the right priorities but no concentration, they will know what to do but it will never get done. On the opposite side of the scale, if leaders have concentration but no priorities they will have excellence without progress. Only leaders that harness both have the potential to do great things. When it comes to focus, team leaders must remember not to major in the minor things.

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Guidelines on How Team Leaders Can Focus Their Time and Energy

Focus 70 Percent of Your Time on Your Strengths
Successful team leaders spend more time focusing on what they do well then on what they do not do well. Strength is always specific. For team leaders to reach their potential, they have to focus on developing their strengths. Most of their time, energy and resources should go in the area of their strengths.

Focus 25 Percent of Your Time on New Things
Growth requires change. For team leaders to grow they have to keep changing and improving themselves. They have to step out into new areas and dedicate time to new things related to their areas of strength.

Focus 5 Percent of Your Time on Your Areas of Weakness
Team leaders cannot entirely avoid working in their areas of weakness. The key is to minimize the time spend working in those areas by delegating as many of these tasks as possible.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Focus

Shift to Strengths
Make a list of three to four activities in your job that you do well. Work out more or less what percentage of time you spend on those activities and the percentage of resources dedicated to these areas of strength. Make the necessary changes so that you spend 70 percent of your time on your strong areas.

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Staff Your Weakness
Identify three to four activities of your job that you do not do well. Determine how you can delegate the activities to others. You may need to hire staff or partner with a co-worker to share the responsibilities.

Create an Edge
Determine what it would take to go to the next level in the main area of your strength. What are the new tools that you need? Rethink the way you do things and be willing to make sacrifices. Resources that you spend to take you to the next level is the best investment you can make.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Discernment for Team Leaders

 The Importance of Discernment for Team Leaders

Are you a discerning leader? When faced with complex issues, can you readily identify the heart of a matter? Discernment is the ability to find the root of a matter through intuition and rational thought. Discernment is an indispensable quality for team leaders that want to maximize their effectiveness.

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Discernment Uncovers Root Issues

The larger the team you lead, the more complex the issues you will encounter. There are times that you will not have enough time to gather enough information to get the complete picture. To make the right decisions, you will often have to rely on your discernment. The discernment of team leaders allows them to see a partial picture, fill in the missing pieces intuitively, and find the real heart of the matter.

Discernment Enhance Problem Solving

If you can get to the root issue of a problem, it is easier to solve the problem. The closer a leader operates in the area of their gifting the stronger their intuition and the ability to see the root causes. The more you work in your area of strength the more you will be able to tap into your discernment potential.

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Discernment Will Help You Evaluate Your Options for Maximum Impact

Intuition is an important part of discernment, but it is not all there is to discernment. Discernment relies on both intuition and intellect to find the best option for your team.

Discernment Multiplies Your Opportunities

Discernment places leaders in the right place at the right time through their willingness to use their experience and follow their instincts. Team leaders can create their own “luck” through their use of discernment.

How You Can Improve Your Discernment

  1. Analyze your past successes. Take a look at the problems that you successfully solved in the past. What were the root issues? What enabled you to succeed in solving them? If you can capture the heart of the matter in a few words, it will help you to learn to do it with future issues.
  2. Learn how others think. Look at leaders that you admire. Read the biographies of leaders in a similar profession or gifting to yours. Learning how other discerning leaders think can help you become a more discerning leader.
  3. Follow your intuition. Recall the times when your intuition was correct, what do those experiences have in common. Look for patterns that may give you insight into your intuitive ability.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Competence for Team Leaders

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We all admire people who are highly competent in what they are doing, whether they are a precision craftsman, world class athletes or successful businessmen. To be recognized by your team as a leader, you need a high degree of competence. The better you are at what you do, the greater potential you will have for influence with your team.

Competent team leaders are those that:

  • Can see what needs to happen.
  • Can make it happen.
  • Can make it happen when it really counts.

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Competent Team Leaders Show Up Everyday

Responsible leaders are those that show up when expected. Highly competent team leaders show up ready for work every day no matter how they feel. They are not distracted by the circumstances they face or how difficult they expect the day to be.

Competent Team Leaders Keep Improving

Highly competent team leaders are continuously looking for ways to keep learning, growing and improving. They are always looking to find out the why of something. The person who knows how will always have a job but the person who knows why will always be the boss.

Competent Team Leaders Follow Through With Excellence

Competent team leaders are those leaders who always follow through with excellence. Leading with excellence is a choice and an act of the will. As much as the leader expects the team to follow through on tasks, even more so the team expects the leader to follow through with excellence.

Competent Team Leaders Accomplish More Than Expected

Highly competent team leaders are always looking to go the extra mile. Team leaders must always be on the guard against an attitude of “let’s just get through it the best we can”. Competent team leaders do more than what is expected from them on a daily basis.

Competent Team Leaders Inspire Others

Competent team leaders not only perform at a high level, but they also inspire and motivate their team to do the same. Effective leaders combine relational skills with high competence to take their team to a new level of excellence and influence.

How You Can Improve Your Level of Competence

  • Get your head in the game. If you notice that you have been mentally or emotionally detached from your work, it is time to re-engage and rededicate yourself to your job. Determine to give your job an appropriate amount of time and undivided attention. The next step is to figure out why you have become detached in the first place. Identify the source of the problem and create a plan to resolve it.
  • Redefine the standard. Reexamine your standards if you are not performing at constantly high standards. Make sure that you have not been shooting too low or cutting corners. If this is the case, it is time to outline more demanding expectations for yourself.
  • Find three ways to improve. To improve you have to be intentional about it. Find three things you can do to improve your professional skills. Dedicate time and money to follow through on them.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Communication for Team Leaders

The Importance of Communication for Team Leaders

Team leaders have to get things done through the team. The team leader, therefore, has to have the ability to inspire, motivate, guide, direct and listen. Communication makes it possible for the team to internalize the team leader’s vision and implement the vision. Your team will not follow you if they are not sure what you expect from them or where you are going.

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Effective Communicators Simplify the Message

Communication is as much about how you say something than it is about what you say. The most important key to effective communication for the team leader is simplicity. If you want to connect with your team, you have to keep it simple.

Effective Communicators See the Person

Effective communicators focus on the people to whom they are communicating. You can only effectively communicate to your team if you know something about them. Before you start your communication, find out who is your audience? What are their questions? What needs to be accomplished? How much time do you have? Become more audience oriented, teams believe in team leaders when team leaders believe in their teams.

Effective Communicators Show the Truth

Great communication can only take place if the team leader has credibility with the team. Credibility is conveyed to the team when the team believes in what the leader says because it is backed up by conviction. Credibility is also conveyed when the leader lives what is said, which their conviction in action.

Effective Communicators Seek a Response

The team leader should keep in mind that the goal of all communication is some kind of action. Simply dumping information on people is not communication. When communication to your team, give them something to feel, something to remember and something to do.

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How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Communication

  1. Be clear. Look at some of your recent written communication. Were the sentences short and direct or do they meander? Will the readers grasp what you wrote? Have you used the fewest words possible? A communicator’s best friends are simplicity and clarity.
  2. Refocus your attention. Pay attention to your focus when are communication. Is it on you, your material or your audience? If it was not on your audience, you need to change your focus. When you are communicating, think about the needs, questions and desires of your audience. Meet the people where they are.
  3. Live your message. Find out if there are any discrepancies between what you are communicating and what you are doing. Ask a trustworthy source if you are living your message, they may see things to which you are blind. Receive the comments without defensiveness and purpose to make changes in your life to be more consistent.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Showing Trust in Your Team of Leaders

The Importance of Showing Trust in Your Team of Leaders

Your team of leaders is made up out of individuals with unique traits and qualities. You should always remember that they made it onto your team for a reason. Trust that you have taught them well and rely on them to do a good job.

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Do Not Micromanage

There is sometimes a thin line between assuring your team leaders do an excellent job and micromanaging them. You have to resist the temptation to check constantly in on them and offer your input randomly. Resist the temptation by trusting your leaders and their abilities. Allow your team leaders to seek accountability for their actions and own their responsibilities. Team leaders, usually, perform better when they feel in charge and do not feel as though you are breathing down their neck.

You can take the following steps to ensure that you do not have to micromanage your leaders:

  • Make your team leaders accountable
  • Hire the right people from the start
  • Clearly outline your expectations of your leaders

Communication

It is essential to promote open and honest communication among your team leaders. Allow everyone to give their input, be responsive to your leaders and support feedback from others. Open and honest communication builds respect among the team and helps build trust.

Tips for enhancing open and honest communication:

  • Have an open door policy
  • Ask questions frequently
  • Give everyone a chance to speak

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Encourage Initiative

Always look for an opportunity to reward and encourage initiative among your team leaders. Reward your team leaders when they take on more initiative. Rewards can include recognition, gifts or promotions.  A team leader that feels rewarded for their hard work are more likely to take pride in their work and continue doing a good job. Remember to recognize the initiative itself, and not just the outcome.

Trust the Leaders, but Verify the Work

You can’t always assume the job is done right. There are times when work needs to be verified or reviewed. This should not be done through micromanaging, but involves periodic steps of checking in or verifying the leader’s work.  Verifying can be done by asking the team leader to send you an email when they are finished with a certain task. You can also set yourself reminders to speak with the team leader in person to check on the progress. By taking a few minutes to look over any project periodically, you can save everyone a lot of time and man hours in the event that something needs to be corrected.

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Build Successful Teams by Motivating Your Team Leaders

Build Successful Teams by Motivating Your Team Leaders
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Effectively managing and motivating your team leaders is an essential part of building successful teams. A team that feels motivated and inspired will perform better.  Every team leader is different and different personality types are motivated differently. While some people are motivated by financial gains, others require personal recognition. The key to motivating your team leaders is to find out what is the way to best motivate each team leader.

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Provide Team Leaders with the Necessary Resources

Making available additional support and resources that the team leader needs, is a very effective way of motivating the team leader. Team leader cannot manage their team effectively if they do not have the necessary resources that they need. Team leaders need plenty of encouragement and personal support. They should always know that if they need something that they cannot find on their own, you will do your best to help them acquire it.

Offering support and resources can be in the form of:

  • Emotional support and encouragement
  • Coworker and other management support teams
  • Additional training times and materials

Bonus and Incentive Programs

Bonus and incentive programs are popular motivational tools. The rewards can come in a variety of shapes including financial bonuses, gifts or special recognitions. By allowing the team leaders to become personally involved in what they want to strive for, you can motivate them to excel and achieve their goals.

Some guidelines for bonus and incentive programs:

  • Determine the bonuses or incentives you want to accomplish
  • Decide who will take part in the program
  • Develop clear performance goals
  • Ensure open communication throughout the program

Give Recognition for Good Work

Giving a simple “Thank You” or even “Good Job” is one of the most overlooked forms of motivation.  Small gestures can make a big difference in how team leaders are motivated and inspired at work. Timing is key, and it is important to give recognition as soon as possible after the accomplishment or success. Recognition will ensure that team leaders do not feel as though their hard work has gone unnoticed.

Tips for recognizing good work:

  • Recognize all successes whether large or small
  • Give recognition right away – it can lose its effectiveness over time
  • Be sincere in your praise

Keep Challenging Your Team Leaders

It is essential to keep challenging your team leaders to grow. Keep their tasks interesting and expand their duties. If they excel in one area and have become limited in what they can do, try them in another area or give them more responsibility. If you keep challenging your team leaders, they will remain interested and motivated.

 

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