As a leader it’s your job to create an environment where people can meet their potential. Moreover, It’s your job to keep the team heading in the right direction.
Most of us have our own superiors and what matters most to them is delivering results and meeting goals. Setting goals is not enough to actually get there. So, how can a leader or manager do all of these things without compromising the work environment within a team?
On the basis of our customer case studies and different successful leadership methodologies we compiled the 7 steps which will guarantee success as a team.
- Looking at the big picture and goals
It is absolutely vital that everyone on your team understands the bigger picture and their role in reaching the objective. People with goals tend to achieve 10 times as much as people with no goals.
To make sure your team knows what’s going on, set company goals and metrics with which to measure them. Secondly, find a place or a forum to share this knowledge. Thirdly, align the company goal with each member of the team. Even the act of writing down a goal increases the odds of achieving it.
- Assigning tasks according to each team member’s strengths
In order for your team members to be happy and most productive, it’s essential to consentrate on their strengths. According to the Gallup survey, employees are 61% more engaged if their managers focuses on their strengths. In addition, people feel good doing tasks that they are good at and most importantly they perform better. Make sure you know your team’s strengths and give tasks accordingly.
- Sharing and generating ideas
Teams are known to achieve better chemistry and results if there is a way to share ideas. You need to implement a suitable brainstorming format to generate ideas within your team. There is a lot of different formats out there to choose from.
The benefits of brainstorming are better ideas, quicker problem solving and evolution as a team. Also, you’ll need an idea bank where everyone can contribute. Idea banks can result in process, operations and product innovation.
- Increasing engagement by implementing methodologies
One of the key parts of achieving your goals is a system that helps to keep the work process going. I already emphasized the importance of goals and the best methodology for that is Objectives and Key Results – OKRs. It is used by the likes of Google, LinkedIN and Zynga. Using a goal setting and tracking method helps the people to start moving towards important goals instead of doing small unimportant tasks. Employees also love it because of its clarity and the knowledge of what’s expected from them.
Secondly, I you can try out the Problems, Plans and Progress – PPP methodology. It is used by Skype and it helps to enhance team collaboration and keeps everyone informed. It also helps to clarify what needs to be done in order to achieve a certain goal.
- Constantly improving the work process
Using PPP methodology helps to bring out the flaws and problems of your team’s work process. In order to achieve the results as efficiently as possible, it is critical to make improvements in your work-flow. As a leader, it is good to check in regularly to see how everybody is doing and if they need a push to get over the hump. This can be done in a online status update format or just by talking to your team members individually.
- Encouraging people
All of the methodologies and goal setting techniques are tools to help the team achieve better results, but we have to remember that we are dealing with humans. People are emotional beings and although setting goals and giving tasks according to their strengths increases the odds of success, it doesn’t mean you should not motivate them as well. The best time to encourage your team is in the beginning and in the last part of the process. People tend to get stuck and in order for them to finish their task, it is good to reinforce the knowledge that they are moving in the right direction and that they are a vital part of the outcome.
- Giving feedback and recognition
The last part is the emotional side of delivering results and there is one thing leaders shouldn’t forget. Give your team members feedback and recognition.
These two elements are known to motivate people more than money. In addition, regular feedback makes your people twice as happy and makes sure they are engaged.
To conclude, setting and sharing goals with your team is a good starting point for delivering the results needed. Make sure you have implemented the suitable work process for your team and urge everybody to make improvements.
As a leader, you can provide the necessary tools, but in the end it is the team that delivers the results. So, make sure you motivate them by giving feedback and encourage them if needed. Following these 7 steps should guarantee a successful outcome. Be the best leader you can be and share this knowledge with your team.
Alexander Maasik is a communication specialist and content creator at Weekdone – weekly employee progress reports. Alexander has a degree in journalism and public relations and a strong passion for internal communications and online collaboration.