Character Traits Successful Team Leaders Should Exhibit
Both small and large companies perform useful and needed services for their customers. These tasks are best performed by a company with employees that operate at a high level of efficiency. The best way to have employees that perform at their best is to have a team leader that can instill and encourage that type of performance. Few people are more responsible for the success or failure of a company than the leader of the team responsible for the work that is being done. There are a number of character traits that should be exhibited by team leaders if they wish to be successful at their job.
When an employee, or member of a team, has a hard time trusting their team leader then they are not going to approach the interaction that being part of team requires with one hundred percent enthusiasm. An employee needs to know that they can go to their team leader and discuss anything without fear that it will be shared with other team members. An employee will also be more honest with a team leader who shows that they can be trusted with whatever is being shared.
Employees will operate better, especially in times of difficulty or conflict, if they feel that their team leader will not be taking sides or forming an opinion because of preconceived thoughts or feelings they had before hearing the facts about the disagreement. A manager that is able to show that they can look at and evaluate any situation without having their thoughts and opinions colored by previous information will earn the respect of their employees.
Few people in a business settinge respond to a team leader that acts as if they are little more than a glorified cheerleader, but at the same time employees at times do need encouragement to take their job performance to the next level. There are many different ways to motivate team members and not every member will respond to each motivation technique equally well. A successful team leader will be able to identify which techniques will work best for which employees.
An analytical team leader has a great chance of leading a successful team because he is able to analyze the challenges that lay before the team, identify what the best approach to any problems will be, and then make a clear decision on which methods will work best for which projects. Team members who have confidence that their team leader has analyzed the situation perfectly will be able to approach the tasks that need to be done without any hesitation or second thoughts.
When an employee picks up on the fact that their team leader is unsure of the decisions they make and lacks confidence under stressful situations, it is difficult for them to have one hundred percent confidence that the work that is being done is the type of work they should be doing. A team leader's job is often to determine what needs to be done and then assign tasks to their team, if they are not self-assured in this process, the members of the team will approach their assigned tasks with the same self-assurance problem.
While many people have what it takes inside them to be successful team leaders, even if they themselves don't think they do, all team leaders would be far more successful if they approach their job exhibiting the characteristics that would serve their job performance and their team members response to them much better. When the members of a team feel like they can rely on their leader and have great confidence in their decision making ability, they will be able to put so much more of themselves into a project because they won't be distracted with the less important details and side issues. A successful team leader needs to be confident in their decision making skills and fair and objective in how they assign tasks and deal with problems. When a team leader exhibits these type of traits there is nothing that can stop them from being a success.
Nov 20, 2008