As an entrepreneur you may have formed your company, but now you need staff to take the company forward onto the next level. Equally you may be thrust into a situation where suddenly you’re managing a team. Either way these might be new situations for you, so what are the key areas to understand?
Below are examples of what should be considered in working within a team:
Encouraging your team to manage themselves
The balance between self-sufficiency and being managed is key. Ideally, managers will take a step back and allow their team to work without standing over their shoulders. Also, boosting their confidence by allowing them to manage themselves is imperative. Personal objectives should be applied to each individual and empower them to success and fully utilize their individual skills. The opportunities should be there for them to make their own decisions without having to second guess them, and finally remind them that support is always available.
Listen, motivate and above all, inspire them
Listening out for ideas from a team seems obvious, but actually taking the time out to gather thoughts and ideas can reinforce views that you already have. Also, a fresh flow of ideas can enable the business to be more dynamic in the marketplace, as well as identifying threats to the business. It is a manager’s responsibility to remove any roadblocks, help resolve challenges and deal with negative issues. One of the most effective aspects a manager can do is encourage positive energy and talent in order to develop their team.
Availability to help your team
From one business to another, a common complain amongst workers is that managers aren’t available as much as they should be. Managers communicate and delegate down to their team, but with reactive situations they may not be reachable. An effective and successful manager will always be available and will always make an effort to ensure employees have everything they need to complete a job. The relationship needs to be transparent and approachable both ways.
Give constant feedback and communication
If you’re unable to discuss with your team how they’re doing, then it’s difficult to expect them to improve to the anticipated levels. Providing performance feedback and communicating team objectives will encourage your team to continually improve. Monthly or fortnightly meetings would be ideal to get on track with everything. Enthusiastic team members will often seek growth opportunities and want to take on challenges or tasks. Keep the door open for productive two-way conversations with your team!