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The Importance of Vision for Team Leaders

The Importance of Vision for Team Leaders

Vision is essential to the success of all team leaders. The vision paints the target for the team and leads the leader. It fuels the fire of the leader’s passion and draws the leader forward. Leaders without vision cannot go anywhere.

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Vision Starts Within The Leader

Vision is not something you can buy or borrow. Vision has to come from within. If you lack vision in your leadership, look within and draw on you natural gifts and desires. If you still do not sense a vision of your own, look to partner with a leader whose vision resonates with you.

Vision Draws On Your Past

Vision is not something that just magically appears out of nothing. Vision grows from the past of the leader and the history of those people that surround them. You are likely to find that all successful leaders have key events in their past that were instrumental in the creation of their vision.

Vision Meets The Needs Of Others

True vision will go beyond what one individual can accomplish. A big vision does more than just include others, it adds value to them. A vision that does not serve others is likely too small.

Vision Helps You Gather Resources

Vision acts like a magnet to attract resources. Your vision will attract, challenge and unite people. It will also rally finances and other resources that the vision requires. The greater the vision, the more winners it has the potential of attracting. The more challenging the vision, the harder the team will fight to achieve this.

The Voices of Vision

The Inner Voice. Vision should always start from within. What stirs your heart, what do you dream about? You will not be able to accomplish a vision that does not come from a deep desire within yourself. It needs to be based on who you are and what you believe.

The Unhappy Voice. Experiencing or noticing what does not work, is often the inspiration for great ideas. A discontentment with how things are currently can be excellent breeding ground for birthing a vision.

The Successful Voice. Great things are never accomplished alone. A big vision needs a big team to accomplish it. To grow as a leader, you need advice from someone ahead of you in the leadership journey. You need a mentor if you intend to lead others to greatness.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Vision

Measure Yourself. If you have previously written down a vision for yourself, measure how well you are carrying it out. Speak to key people close to you and ask them what they think is your vision. If they can articulate it, then it is likely that you are living out your vision.

Write Down Your Vision. If you have only previously thought about your vision but never wrote it down, take the time to write it down today. Writing helps to clarify your thinking. After writing it down, evaluate your vision and decide if it is worthy of your life’s best, and then pursue it with all you got.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

These days it seems people focus more on their rights than their responsibilities. Effective team leaders never embrace a victim mentality. They recognize that who and where they are in life remain their responsibility. They face whatever life throws at them, and they give it their best. Remember that failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To hit the target you need to improve your aim, and you can only improve your aim by improving yourself.

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Characteristics of Team Leaders Who Embrace Responsibility

They get the Job done. As a team leader, you cannot do the minimum but yet expect to reach your maximum potential. If you are an employee, one way you can maintain a get-it-done attitude is by thinking of yourself as self-employed. This approach will help you achieve more and build credibility with your team.

They are willing to go the extra mile. Responsible team leaders never protest that something is not their job. They are ready to do whatever it takes to complete the work needed by their organization. If you want to succeed as a leader, you have to be willing to put the needs of the organization above your agenda.

They are driven by excellence. Excellence is always a great motivator. Responsible leaders desire excellence and work hard to achieve it. Make high quality your goal and responsibility will follow naturally.

They produce regardless of the situation. The ultimate quality of a responsible team leader is the ability to finish. A leader who takes responsibility, finish and follows through to the final details is a leader that will be a success more often than not. They are leaders to whom you can entrust an assignment knowing it will be efficiently and conscientiously completed.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Responsibility

Keep hanging in there. An inability to deliver in difficult circumstances could be due to a persistence problem. Next time when you find yourself in a situation where it looks like you are going to fail, stop and figure out a way to succeed. Think outside the lines. Creativity can often help to bring responsibility to life.

Set higher standards. You may have difficulty achieving merely because you have lowered your standards. Make changes to set higher standards. Reset the bar of excellence for yourself.

Find better tools. If you are still not achieving the success the way you want to, you may need to better equip yourself. Improve your skills by taking classes, reading books and listening to DVD’s. Find a mentor, do whatever it takes to become better at what you do.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Problem Solving for Team Leaders

The Importance of Problem Solving for Team Leaders

Every problem you encounter as a team leader will show you how you think and what you are made of. Your ability to solve problems effectively comes from experience facing and overcoming obstacles. Each time you solve a problem you get a little better at the process. A team leader will never get good at problem-solving unless they keep on trying even when they fail. Team leaders will always face problems no matter in which field they are. The effective team leader is the leader that rises to the occasion to solve the problem.

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Qualities of Team Leaders with Problem Solving Abilities

They Anticipate Problems
Effective team leaders anticipate problems, knowing that problems are inevitable. If you expect the road ahead to always be smooth, you will not be able to solve the problems that come your way. Although it is important always to keep a positive attitude, planning for the worst will place you in a position to solve the problems that you encounter.

They Accept the Truth
There are different ways that people respond to problems. Some refuse to accept the problem, others accept the problem and just put up with it. Effective leaders are those that accept the problem and try to make things better. Team leaders cannot lead their team through troubled waters if they have their heads in the sand. To be an effective leader you have to face up to the reality of a situation.

They See the Big Picture
It is essential that team leaders must always keep the big picture in mind. As a team leader, you cannot afford to be overwhelmed by emotion nor get so bogged down by details that you lose sight of what is important.

They Handle One Thing at a Time
Tackle your problems, one problem at a time. Do not get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of your problems and then try and dabble at problem-solving. If you are facing a lot of problems, fully solve the one you are working on before moving to the next.

They Do Not Give Up a Major Goal When They are Down
Effective leaders make major decisions during a positive swing in their leadership and not during dark times. Never give up while you are going through the valley.

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How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Problem-Solving Skills

Look for Problems to Solve
If you are someone that usually avoids problems, start looking for problems to solve. You can only get better at problem-solving when you gain experiencing at dealing with problems. Find situations that need fixing and come up with several viable solutions. Take your problem to more experienced problem solvers. Learn from their decisions how they think when handling difficult situations.

Develop a Problem Solving Method
Some team leaders may struggle with solving problems only because they do not know how to tackle them. The following is a problem-solving process you can follow:

  • Establish the real problem
  • Find out what others have done
  • Have your team study all the angles
  • Brainstorm multiple possible solutions
  • Implement the best solution

Surround Yourself with Problem Solvers
If you are not a good problem solver, bring others who are into your team. They will immediately compliment your weakness, and you will learn from them.

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 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 Courage for Team Leaders

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When a team leader is willing to make courageous decisions, significant progress is made by the team. Leadership positions cannot give a person courage, but courage can give a person a leadership position. One of the things that all effective leaders have in common is the willingness to take risks.

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Courage Comes From Within the Team Leader

Every test you face as a leader begins within you. Courage is not the absence of fear but doing that which you are afraid of doing. It is the ability to let go of the familiar and step into the unknown.

Courageous Team Leaders are Peace Makers not Just Peace Keepers

It takes more courage to make things right than it does just to smooth things over. A team leader’s worth is measured in times of challenge and controversy. Effective team leaders not only possess people skills in getting the team to work together, but they can also take a stand when necessary. They have the ability to know when to stand up for something and the conviction to do it.

Courageous Team Leaders Inspire Commitment from Their Team

Courage is contagious; a show of courage by one team member encourages the rest of the team. A show of courage by the team leader inspires the team and makes them want to follow the team leader. When leadership expresses courage, it compels the team to do the right thing.

Your Leadership Expands in Proportion to Your Courage

While fear limits leaders, courage opens doors and provides better futures. Whether you take risks or not, you are going to experience some amount of fear. Since you are going to have to overcome your fear and doubts, you might as well make it count.

How You Can Improve Your Courage

  1. Stretch yourself. Do something that stretches you, simply for the sake of growing in courage. What you choose to do is not important, as long as it causes you to face a genuine fear.
  1. Stop avoiding confrontation. Is there someone with whom you know you are avoiding confrontation? Talk with that person this week in a kind and gentle manner.
  1. Take that big step. Is there something big you know you should do, but you have not had the courage to do? Face up to it this week, talk to your spouse or trusted friend about If you feel it’s the right thing to do, then do it.

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 Commitment for Team Leaders

The Importance of Commitment for Team Leaders

You cannot be an effective team leader without commitment. There has never been a great leader that was not committed. Commitment is a leadership quality that inspires and attracts people. It shows that the leader has convictions and that the leader believes in the cause. A team will buy into the team leader before they buy into the vision.

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The True Nature of Commitment

  1. Commitment is a heart issue. Team leaders cannot wait for everything to be perfect before they are willing to commit themselves. Commitment is needed before success can be experienced. It is often a person’s heart that makes the difference between a good and a great leader. If you really want to make a difference in the life of others you need to look into your heart to see if you are really committed.
  2. Commitment is tested by action. The real test of a team leader’s commitment is action and not mere talk. Words are easy to say but it is much harder to live them out each day. How are you at following through on your commitments?
  3. Commitment opens the door to achievement. Leaders will often face obstacles and opposition. There will be times where their commitment is the only thing that carries them through. Commitment allows team leaders to press on and get up no matter how many times they get knocked down. Nothing worthwhile can be achieved without commitment.

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How to Improve Your Commitment

  1. Measure your commitment. There are times when team leaders think they are committed but their actions show otherwise. Take time to look at where you spend your time and how you spend your money. This will give you a clear indication of your true level of commitment.
  2. Know what is worth dying for. What are you willing to die for? What would you not be able to stop doing no matter the consequences? See if your actions match your ideals.
  3. Make your plans public. If you find it difficult to make that first step towards commitment, make your plans public. Making your plans public will help you to be more committed to following them through.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Charisma for Team Leaders

 

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Charisma is a characteristic that draws people to you. Although it is often believed that you are either born with charisma or not, it is in fact a characteristic that can be developed. As a team leader, how charismatic would you rate yourself? Are people naturally attracted to you? Most common roadblocks to charisma are pride, insecurity, moodiness, perfectionism, and cynicism.

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Traits of Charismatic Team Leaders

  1. Charismatic team leaders love life. People typically enjoy and more readily follow leaders who enjoy life. Leaders with charisma are passionate about life; they are celebrators and not complainers. If you want to be someone that attracts people, become like those people that you enjoy being around.
  2. Charismatic team leaders expect the best of their team. The charismatic team leader has made it a habit of always expecting the best of their team. If you are always expecting the best of people and help them to think more highly of themselves, you will naturally attract people. Charismatic leaders appreciate others and encourage others.
  3. Charismatic team leaders give their team hope. Charismatic team leaders are always looking to instill hope because they know hope is the greatest of all possessions. People will be attracted to you if you are a leader that bestows hope on others.
  4. Charismatic team leaders share of themselves. People are naturally attracted to leaders that share of themselves and their life journeys. Charismatic leaders are willing to share their resources, wisdom and special Leaders with charisma think about others more than they think of themselves.

How to Become a More Charismatic Team Leader

  1. Work at focusing more on others. Observe how you interact with others, how much of your talking is concentrated on yourself. If you find that most of the conversation is about you, then it is time to change the balance and focus more on others.
  2. Make sure you are creating positive first impressions. When next you meet someone for the first time, make a determined effort to make a good first impression. Make sure you memorize the person’s name, focus on the person’s interest and that you are positive.
  3. Practice sharing of yourself and your resources. Make it one of your long term goals to share your resources with others. Think how you can add value to the lives of those people you interact with on a daily basis. Provide them with resources to help them grow both personally and professionally.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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