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Leadership is an immense responsibility. You’ re called a leader because it’s your responsibility to lead your team.
It’s easy to lead when you have momentum, when things are going great, but, when you don’t have momentum and you’re struggling with seemingly endless challenges, you really need to bunker down and ensure you’re focussing on the right things that will not only pull you through but will re-gain your lost momentum and fuel your success.
What is a major Leadership Challenge you are dealing with right now that requires your leadership?
Here are some of my top leadership strategies to help you lead your team through tough times:
1. ASSUME NOTHING!
When I lead Leaders one on one, I drive into them: “Assume Nothing”.
In many instances, assumptions lead to unexpected and unwanted challenges. Not assuming anything and finding out all correct facts/doing proper research is a key leadership behaviour that will reduce unexpected challenges.
What are you assuming?
Have you acquired all the facts?
Are you sure?
2. ENSURE YOU ARE COMMUNICATING BOTH VERBALLY AND VISUALLY
When challenges exist within the team you lead, your ability to communicate effectively will be vital.
There are two ways people absorb information:
1. Via Auditory means, i.e. they only understand a message via hearing it
2. Visual means, i.e. they only understand a message via seeing it
What this means is that if, at a team meeting, you outlined your plan on how to move forward and you only spoke it, you could assume approximately 50% (for the sake of simplicity) of the people in the room will not fully comprehend what you said! Not good! You need to communicate both verbally and visually to be effective.
Does your information get through?
Is it really being heard?
Are you communicating both verbally and visually?
3. PUT GREATER ENERGY INTO BUILDING A WINNING TEAM CULTURE
The bigger the leadership challenge, the more energy and focus the leader must put into building the teams culture. This develops an environment where individuals can excel during challenging times because a winning team culture develops an environment where there is unity and harmony, honesty, open communication, trust, a focus on the right behaviors that will drive results and accountability and respect.
Culture drives everything, good and bad. An organisation will reap what it sows.
What’s your team culture?
What does your team stand for?
What are you doing to create the right environment so that your team can remain aligned to the vision, having the discipline and focus on the right leadership behaviours, to over come the challenges?
And just a final point on building your culture – if you have a great culture, you must never take it for granted – the moment you do is when you’ll start to lose it. You need to work on it constantly.
4. EMPOWER AND GROW YOUR PEOPLE
Does your team culture provide the opportunity for individuals to grow as people, so that they can tackle problems head on?
The number one asset of any business is its people – every company should be all about growing its people. You need to have the ability to create momentum within your team or organisation by empowering each team member to reach their potential. You need to stimulate and agitate them – challenge them to learn from mistakes and to grow.
When it comes to the people you have around you, do they:
1. Align to the company’s values?
2. Display personal motivation?
3. Accept the responsibilities of Leadership?
4. Deliver on their responsibilities?
5. Exude passion and belief in what they do?
What processes do you have in place to equip the people you have around you to grow in their individual roles?
When you face hard times in Leadership, can I encourage you to focus on these key Leadership strategies to help get you back on track and leading for growth. In the second part of this series, I’ll talk about some additional Leadership strategies that I employ to help me effectively lead teams through tough times.
Thank you for reading my article.