Don't Do These 7 Things When Leading a Team
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Leading a team could be somewhat demanding considering the fact that the people whom you are leading are from different background hence, making the belief of each of them different from that of the next person. What makes a great leader is the ability to manage the difference in the belief system of each member on the team and turn it into an advantage to achieve great success. However, managing the differences in a team, you as a leader need not to do some things that will be mentioned below if you are to be tagged a good leader
Since you are a head, then there are chances that pride and arrogance would set in. Hence, one of the first tasks you have as a head is that you should not let the position get in your head. It is inherent that you will misbehave when you let pride be in charge, which may lead to failure in achieving the set goals of the group. Many leaders have fallen simply because they let their early achievements inflate their ego. You need to understand that an egocentric leader will always lose the loyalty of his or her group members no matter the number of times he or she changes the members of the group.
In addition to that, there is a saying that your friends will call your dog the name that you have tagged it. Hence, you need to handle your business or establishment exactly how you want people to handle it in your behalf. A great leader is a person of integrity. He will always take his or her stand no matter what; the only reason for which a good leader will reconsider his take on an issue is if his take is will lead to failure. Being a leader of integrity demands that you should be ready always to take responsibilities and be ready to face the consequences. As part of laying a foundation of integrity, it is important that you set some sort of solid ethics policies, which you must also observe so that you can reprove anyone on ethic matters confidently if violated.
Moreover, you should never expect your group members to read your mind. Bear in mind that a technology that reads the mind of people to know what they are up to or what you want them to do is yet to be invented. Maybe in the nearest future it will be invented. However, in the meantime you should always tell your group members what you want them to do and what you are up to as this is the only mind-reading technology that exists. If you have the belief that someone should know what you want from him or her every time without saying it out, then you should as well be ready to be disappointed on every occasion.
Additionally, you should never call for an official meeting just to solicit ideas especially when you are going through tough times. Doing this presents you to your employees or team members as a confused leader. Do not mistake this for pride. It is just a way to preserve the respect for your leadership position. If your group members know you to be a listening person, they will be the one bringing ideas to you. This way, your ignorance is not made obvious to all the members of the team. One fact is that each of the team members pictures themselves doing your job better than you do. Hence, stream of ideas flows through them. All you need to do is to open to them and act on good ideas.
Additionally, great leaders do not play favorites. Even if you like some people than other, you do not need to make it obvious to everyone on the team. One of the disadvantages of playing favorites is creation of enmity among team members. Enmity will lead to the formation of cliques. Of a truth, the formation of cliques is the last thing you want to happen to the team you are heading. This will reduce the productivity of the team drastically due to the resulting reduced level of cooperation.
In the same vein, you do not need to deliver periodical performance reviews or appraisals. This is obviously a waste of time because there is nothing new that you will be telling your team members in the review. If you have done your job properly, everything that you would want to say in the annual review would have been said at the instant when it makes the most impact. The only new thing that you would say in an annual review is something that is not true. If your group members request for a review, simply tell them that you must told them everything that would be in their review in the past.
One more thing, you should avoid blindly trusting people. Someone once said trust but verify. You need to understand that the having the wrong hands with wrong abilities in the wrong place is the simple formula for failure. Hence, before you entrust any task to anybody you should be sure of his or her skills and the person is competent to complete the task. Usually you should allow people to run on short leashes until they are able to prove that they are worthy of the position that you have given them. Any competent person of great depth should not have problem with you verifying their skill before letting them go solo.
However, these are not the rules in any constitution of leadership, but leaders who have complied with them have the ones that are tagged great today. Some of them could be difficult to avoid, but with discipline and time, you will come through. Once you avoid these things, then you stand a great chance of using the differences of your team members to achieve success. One other thing is that the reverence that you so crave will be come easily once you bring yourself to avoiding these things while leading a team.