My client Laura inherited a team four months ago.
She is struggling.
She really wants her team to be high-performing, but she has several obstacles that are getting in her way.
For example, some of the people on her team don’t have the right skills to function successfully in their roles.
Also, some people on her team are not a good fit for the open and collaborative culture that Laura wants to create.
In a recent conversation with Laura, I reassured her that these issues are normal.
You are not a failure as a leader if your team is not high-performing today.
Your job is to build and develop a high-performing team.
But this goal takes time.
Building a team is a journey.
It is not something that you can accomplish overnight.
Plus, you probably need to acquire some necessary skills to be a successful team leader.
This is especially true in today’s work environment when things move fast, expectations are high, and most leaders must do more with less.
So, where can you start if your goal is to build a high-performing team this year?
Here are 10 questions that you can ask yourself to identify if you are on the right track:
- Am I investing the time to coach my team?
- Am I spending time developing the skills and abilities of the people on my team?
- Am I effectively dealing with performance issues?
- Do I give my team space to solve their problems?
- Am I delivering positive feedback regularly?
- Am I providing constructive feedback when necessary?
- Am I adapting my communication style to meet the needs of each individual on my team?
- Am I running productive team meetings with an objective and clear agenda?
- Am I consciously developing an open, respectful, and trusting environment?
- Am I proactively managing and de-escalate conflict among team members?
Which activities on this list are you doing well?
Which team management skills do you still need to improve?
P.S. If you need support developing any of the skills on the above list, contact me to find out how I can help you to achieve that goal.