Successfully managing a team is more than assigning tasks. You need the right interpersonal, organization and technical skills in order to be an effective team leader. The role of team manager is essential to the growth of the company so if this is your role, it is time to see where you can improve.
Here are 10 tips for more effective team management
1) Clear communication is vital
When you are managing a team, it is crucial that your team members are aware of ongoing projects, deadlines, goals etc. For this reason, you need to be able to effectively communicate with them on these points. On the flip side, you want your team to be able to openly provide feedback to you. It is very important that they are made to feel comfortable in approaching you about any issues or suggestions they may have.
2) Build a good rapport with your team
The best kind of leader not only gets to know its team members on a professional level, but gets to know them on a personal level too. What do they like to do in their spare time? Do they have a family? What does their life look like?. These are things to give thought to because people don’t want to feel like they are just there to bring profit to the company. They want to know they are valued as individuals too. Not only will this make them feel better about their role in the company but it will also push them to produce more for you.
3) Recognize good work
You never want to be one of those bosses who just walks around telling everyone what they need to be doing and what they are doing wrong. When you see good work being done, acknowledge it with positive feedback. This helps build confidence and encourages more involvement.
4) Be transparent
If your team sees you as this “untouchable” person who never makes a mistake and almost seems perfect, they are not going to feel comfortable being managed by you. So if you are overwhelmed or feeling the pressure, vocalize it. Ask for help when needed by delegating out tasks. By showing your team you sometimes don’t have it all together, they will respect you more.
5) Be decisive
A great team leader is one who can make the right decision for the sake of the company and the team. You can’t be flaky in a leadership role like this. You have to stick to your guns.
6) Delegate tasks to the right people
Delegating tasks to the right people is essential as people are more engaged and do better when their own best skills are at use. This is why getting to know each person on your team is key. Know their strengths and weaknesses so you know where they will most shine. Not to mention productivity will go up.
7) Manage conflict the right way
Conflict among employees is something that should never be ignored. Doing so will lead to a negative work environment and productivity goes down the tube. When an issue is made known, handle it asap before it turns into something big. Fairness is key when managing conflict, you may like certain employees more than others, but that can never show. If people think you are favoring one over the other, they will lose respect for you as their leader and the work will suffer.
8) Be the example
Your staff looks to you as their guide and inspiration. For this reason, it is key that you are always putting forth your best effort. This means behaving professionally and working hard. You are the example. So if you want them to work hard, they need to see you working hard.
9) Use a team-based productivity software
In order for a team to be successful as a whole, you need to work together seamlessly. In order to achieve that, you need to be using a team-based productivity software. Your resources will all be centralized and you will be able to easily keep everyone updated with work progress. You will also be able to organize, schedule, and execute projects and business activity with ease.
10) Give autonomy
Micromanaging is a thing of the past. Nowadays people want to feel empowered and have the freedom to make some decisions for themselves. Not to mention employees that are more autonomous tend to stay on the job longer which reduces turnover costs.
Effective team management goes far beyond doling out tasks to your team members. You need a number of qualities in order to be a well rounded leader. The above tips will help you not only manage your team better but become more productive as a team.