Tips on…Leading a team
- By: Mark Griffiths
Be a role model for your team--Being the team leader means you are the designated role model. Lead by example. If you take long lunches or cut corners, they will too.
Don't be afraid to delegate--One of the advantages of having a team around you is that you can delegate some tasks. There's little point in having a team if you don't let them get involved. Giving colleagues responsibility will also help in their own empowerment and self development. However, don't use delegation simply to avoid work that you should be doing yourself.
Give your team clear goals and objectives--Make sure everyone is clear about the team's long term goals and short term daily or weekly objectives. Teams work better when all players knows what they're working towards. Give your colleagues reasonable time scales and deadlines rather than vague statements such as “as soon as possible.”
Support your team--Make sure