7 Steps for developing an effective team:

Vince Lombardi, arguably one of the greatest football coaches of all time, led the Green Bay Packers to 5 NFL championships and once said, “Leaders aren’t born; they’re made…”

I am inclined to share that view as developing an effective leader’s skills and building a successful team takes time and patience.

Here are some suggestions for leading an effective team.

1: Have a clear vision:
Clarity inspires confidence in what needs to be done and in the leader. If your team is clear on the objectives, the outcome and expectations, you will engender greater commitment.

2: Learn the values of every member of your team:
Values defined as —Sensuality, Empathy, Wealth, Power, Aesthetics, Commitment, and Knowledge—ingrained from birth, guides us throughout our lives and offers a foundation for understanding and extrinsically motivating each team member.

3: Communicate, communicate …communicate:
Lead by example and create an environment of open communication where there is respect for everyone’s views.

Be prepared to listen, and more importantly, be ready to apologise.
If you struggle to receive feedback and see it as an attack on your identity, that will affect the team’s openness and transparency. Set clear expectations, and your team will do their best to surpass them.

4: Play to your strengths and the strengths of the team:
Look for people whose strengths complement yours, which can leverage your own, save time, minimise frustration, and empower the team to perform at their best in their respective roles.

5: Show gratitude and appreciation:
Practice recognising achievements and showing gratitude, especially for small tasks like working late. Little things mean a lot, and people become motivated if they feel appreciated and valued.

6: Pick your team carefully:
Team dynamics outweigh individual aptitude. A team member’s behaviours, mannerisms, and interpersonal skills can significantly impact customer and team relationships. Choose individuals who contribute, challenge, and add value.

7: Commit to developing their personal and business skills:
Soft skills are essential in business and life. As a leader, fostering a learning environment where staff can learn and grow is a bonus. Provide training and support to help them succeed in their role.