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Leadership do’s and don’ts

A few tips as well as what to avoid doing

Do

  • Be a facilitator rather than a supervisor. Effective team leadership is more about encouraging your team to shine than it is supervising their every move. Make sure you give team members space to flourish.

  • Maintain communication. A good leader will make sure they maintain constant communication with not only their team, but their superior as well. Not only does this keep lines of communication clear, but also means feeback can be given to team members as rapidly as possible.

  • Set high goals. It’s essential for leaders to set goals they believe their team can achieve. However, be cautious – setting the bar too high could lead to demoralised, dissatisfied staff.

  • Be enthusiastic. An effective leader motivates their team through their own enthusiasm. This is always more effective when it comes from a trusted individual.

Don’t

  • Push too hard. When enthusiastic leaders become perfectionists, team members will lose their motivation. Push your team’s talents and abilities, but not so far that they become demoralised.

  • Let your strengths become weaknesses. An effective leader will not allow their strengths to become weaknesses under pressure. For example, an enthusiastic leader could become volatile and short-sighted, a confident leader could become arrogant, refusing to admit to mistakes, and a careful leader could become over-cautious, afraid to take risks.

  • Over-empower staff. Good leaders foster an atmosphere of empowerment, but it is important not to let team members take over leadership roles. A good leader will encourage workers to have their voice heard within the team situation, without compromising their position as leader.

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