Does a lucky shamrock make your team successful? Or is it strong, successful team leadership characteristics?
Most things improve if you run into a bit of good luck, but if you want a great team, you need a lot more than good fortune.
Here are some of the most common successful leadership characteristics shared by people who have built fantastic teams. They didn’t rely on the luck o’ the Irish at all.
There was a club that started at Acadia University called the Curly Haired Guys Club — an inclusive club open to anyone who had curly hair, liked curly hair or knew someone with curly hair. It was an absolute rage, even made national news, LMAO.
Every year the annual meeting was held at the pub on St. Patrick’s Day. Most people didn’t remember much of these 12 hour meetings, but they sure had a great time. This club wasn’t successful because they found a lucky shamrock, it was successful because they had great leaders.
Part of building a great team, like the Curly Haired Guys Club, requires great facilitators. Great facilitators are the lifeblood of any team.
Great teams don’t just happen from luck, they happen because of the strong leadership characteristics of the people who are driving the business.
Here are some of the strong leadership characteristics that are shared by all of the great leaders we have known:
Set High Performance Standards
You get what you expect. Leaders that are committed to high performance standards within their team create a culture of achievement. The greatest success comes when teams are able to have honest conversations about what success looks like.
However, as a leader, you can’t just tell the team what you expect them to accomplish. That isn’t enough. Those conversations need to continue to be reinforced to the group and they must be backed up by your actions and the activities of the group.
Engage With Your Team
One of the best leadership characteristics to possess is to engage others. The best way to accomplish this is to allow others to engage you.
- Ask more questions about people on your team.
- Spend time getting to know them as individuals.
Most of being engaging simply requires being genuine about caring for others.
Take some time this week to grab a coffee with team members and find out about them. Then use what you’ve found out about individuals to drive them to success (i.e. give rewards that matter – if someone is into painting, reward them with canvasses.)
Build Business And Organizational Knowledge
Great leaders have deep knowledge about the industry and the organization in which they work.
Whether you are new to the organization or have been around for years, here are some ways to build on this concept:
- Read more industry related news and magazines.
- Subscribe to more professional blogs and twitter feeds.
- Write more about professional ideas.
- Share insights and connections from your deep business knowledge with your team.
Motivate, Coach And Mentor
The days of pushing employees to achieve more are long gone. In today’s world, anyone with quality leadership characteristics spend more time on the “pull” rather than the “push”.
This approach sees leaders spending more time authentically motivating and coaching employees towards professional goals, and mentoring top talent.
Take the time to use performance management techniques and technology to your benefit. One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time and attention to others. The outcome will be seen in their desire to create better outcomes for themselves and their profession.
People who are known for their leadership characteristics focus on three aspects of managing the workflow.
Take an honest look at who’s doing what.
Often the “prime” assignments are given to the people that are close in proximity or “trusted confidants” of a leader. Make sure that those choice jobs are shared evenly to create better cohesion among the team. This will also reinforce the message that everyone is important in team outcomes.
Spend time with your high achievers as much as your low achievers.
People who possess strong leadership characteristics focus on both high and low achievers.
Too often we focus on our problem areas and neglect our greatest producers. When you can motivate a higher achiever toward greater results, the result is bottom line improvement instead of just a few less problems to deal with.
Let team members know what others are doing.
Another area to focus on is to share with your team “who does what” and connect each person’s responsibilities to each other.
Showing people graphically is often the best way to show how their function connects to the rest of the actions of the team. This reduces isolation and creates a distinct understanding that what they do matters.
Be A Supportive And Caring Successful Team Leader
Create a supportive team that legitimately cares about each other.
By fostering an environment for caring and supportive team members you champion accountability. Team members who care about each other, the project, the company, the industry, and whatever else they care about take their actions and responsibilities seriously. That accountability results in improved results for your business objectives.
Don’t count on the lucky shamrock to provide greatness for your team. Focus on the leadership characteristics that have proven to provide success! Get more tips.
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
Know each other as people, not just professionals. We’re all so much more than our job titles. We have interests that may have drawn each of us to our roles and help us excel within them. There are easy team building icebreaker activities for work that will help you and your team bond and get to know each other as more than just your role in the office. (more…)
Team building games and ice breaker activities for adults can keep your team bonded throughout the year. Get started with this simple DIY team building exercise. EXERCISE GOAL: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them through ice breaker activities. (more…)
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Team Teddy Rescue Bear.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Charity Bike Build.
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, you’re looking forward to holiday celebrations and enjoying the company of others. Did you know that legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck?
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