Developing a strong team

Whether you are leading a team at work or at your voluntary organization, you already know that the success of that team depends on having a strong team morale. As different people have different point of views, different talents and different backgrounds, it is up to the team leader to create an atmosphere where differences are not only accepted but also embraced. So how do we create this atmosphere?

Having a common vision
The first step in developing a stronger team is having a strong, inspiring common vision. This can be the organizations missions statement, or a mission specially developed by your team. If you choose to develop a team vision, make sure you include each team member in the process, as this will create ownership.

The common vision will be a strong fundament for team members on which they can excel as a team in achieving the goals.

Knowing the roles
A few years ago the Harris polling group did a research on what makes team effective. One of their findings was that of those surveyed, only 19% stated that they know exactly what their role was in the success of the organization. And even when team members know what their tasks are, they will feel less passionate if they don’t realize the importance of their role or the added value that they bring into the team.

As a team leader; clearly establishing the roles, communicating them and getting your team members to buy into them, is one of your major tasks to ensure team success.

Embracing differences
Once you have established clear ideas and expectations of the each team member’s role, and every team member has bought into it, next thing to work on is to create the atmosphere where differences are appreciated and respected. As not all men are alike, might it be in ethnical or sociological background, education or just in the talents they possess, team members must realize that it are the differences that create the competitive advantage for the team.

In fact, nowadays there are so many examples to show that teams with more diversity often achieve better results than others.

Clear communication
Communication is the key to success. Stronger yet, the lack of it can be the reason for teams to fail. As a team, set clear expectations and rules for how you communicate. Communication guidelines should ensure that there is clear and concise communication, both verbal and written. Team members must feel confident and safe enough to address any issue as quickly and honestly as possible. If necessary, get a professional communication trainer or coach to help develop better communication skills and a better team communication.

Lead by example
The days where the leader stood aside screaming out orders are long gone. For a leader to be effective and to ensure you get everyone teamed up to achieve goals, you need to set a clear example. Team members need to see that you are one of them and that your contribution to the team’s success is as much as theirs.

If beating deadlines is important, make sure you beat yours. If you expect your team members never to withhold relevant information from you, don’t withhold information from them.

Once you’ve set the right environment for your people to work together as an effective and efficient team, success will be inevitable. Taking up the role as an exemplary, serving leader will keep the success of your team lasting for a long time.

Check out this video for some nice insights about teamwork and collaboration from the 2009 Cisco CEO, John Chambers.

15 leadership quotes to restart your positive force


Running a business is not the easiest job in the world. But if you love what you do, you will never have any problems with working hard, making long hours and sometimes even endure the stress of things not going the way you would want them to go.

Whenever the going gets rough, it’s good to take a few minutes to relax, take a step back and reflect on the positive things around you. To help you in this process, we’ve collected some quotes about leadership for you.

When you feel the need for it, stop working and read some of these quotes. They will definitely help you to regain that positive force you have been building your business on.

  1. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” —John Kenneth Galbraith
  1. “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” —Solon
  1. “Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.” —Erskine Bowles
  1. “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men–the other 999 follow women.” Groucho Marx
  1. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” Lao Tzu
  1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
  1. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado
  1. “To lead people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu
  1. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
  1. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”- Reed Markham
  1. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” —Arnold Glasow
  1. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” —Friedrich Nietzsche
  1. “Whatever you are, be a good one. “—Abraham Lincoln
  1. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” —John Maxwell
  1. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”- Henry Ford


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Tips for developing leadership skills

leadershipAt more than a single instance you may be called to exercise leadership. These calls for leadership may be mandatory or optional but how well you handle them will be a huge determinant of whether such potentially rewarding opportunities will remain to be awarded to you.

Good leadership skills are needed especially for people in positions of authority and we will all find ourselves here at some point or another. Self-leadership skills are also needed for any person in order to succeed in their personal lives. For you to become an effective and successful leader, keeping the following tips in mind might get you a great head start.

Servant leadership
This is the act of being ready to serve even as you lead. This is not only a show of humility but also a show of ability to do well in the shoes of the people you are leading.

Servant leadership is one of the proven effective ways that makes a leader gain the respect that is due to them. Every leader should prove that they can handle what they expect their followers are asked to do.

Decision making skills
This one goes without saying. People will expect their leader to be the one who comes up with the best decisions to though problems. Whenever there is a conflict, a leader is the one people look at for help with the decision and too come up with best solutions. A leader should therefore be really good at making the tough decisions and providing solutions to problems.

Be a great motivator
If you want to become a successful leader, you have to be a great motivator. This starts with self-motivation. Try to find that inner strength that will keep you going throughout that challenging task. People expect a leader to offer the motivation needed to complete a project and to offer the emotional strength to continue a difficult task.

Other useful leads are being able to communicate clearly with anyone in the team and making it clear that you can be reached by anyone who has a problem. Having noticeable charisma and letting everyone know that you not only sympathise but feel empathy too in times of hardships will go a long way to bridging a gap that may prevent you from being seen a good leader.

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