Do You Have What It Takes to Be A Successful Team Leader?

We can all achieve more when we work together… or so they say. But is that true? Team work has been an integral part of the typical work day for countless companies. Collaboration relies on the combined talents of colleagues from different departments. But a successful team needs, above all else, a skilled team leader. A leader who delegates tasks and coordinates, solves conflict and mediates amongst his coworkers, and more than anything, a leader who has the ability to lead. We’ll show you which traits are particularly valuable. Put yourself to the test: do you have what it takes to be a successful team leader?

Successful Team Leader

Transparency, people skills, and a knack for observation are essential traits for a good leader. Only when you properly understand your team members will you know how to distribute work amongst them, and communicate about different issues. The team must be able to trust you, and know that you’re a capable team leader. “Bad team work is when a To-Do list turns into a You-Do-List,” said German author Stefan Orac.

Many teams fail because the work distribution is so poorly distributed that all of the work falls on one team member’s shoulders. Poor communication is also a large factor that can hinder the success of a team. Goals and expectations must be clearly defined in advance.

Otherwise, it may happen that team members are confused by simple concepts. A good team leader is the glue that holds a group together – remember, some groups have even the most diverse personalities. Not an easy task. Success is based on the interaction between the team leader and his colleagues. Your team will appreciate your skills, and this will make you a successful team leader.

1. Integrity, Honesty and Reliability

So the board wants to cut funding for your project, after all of your hard work and effort? Or has your team been restructured? Whatever it is, remain honest and open. Ultimately, you must stay dedicated to the members of your team. You’ll benefit from their trust when you can speak openly with your team about problems and short term changes. Moreover, your employees want to be able to take you at your word. So don’t bother making empty promises… that’s just going backwards.

2. Enthusiasm

Motivate your employees so that they feel driven to work on your project. Your team can recognize whether you’re the kind of team leader who stands behind his company. Whoever wants to lead must do so in the interest of the company, following a plan. A charismatic personality will help you to inspire, to delight, and to push your team harder.

For your team to complete an ambitious project, they must have a leader that exudes optimism. Convince your employees that you have a vision, a vision that all team members can identify with. Make sure that your team members know that you will find a way to accomplish this vision.

3. Social Skills and The Ability to Mediate

In a team, it can happen that lots of different personalities and opinions are thrown together. A good team leader is familiar with much more than just the resources of his colleagues, he also knows what the needs of each individual. He tries to unite unique interests to achieve a common goal, he recognizes points that may create conflict, and approaches problems openly to help the team reach a collective solution. In short, a successful team leader is sympathetic and kind.

4. Communication Skills

Communications skills are frequently sought after as a soft skill, and this is an essential criterion that can differentiate between the success or the failure of a team. As a team leader, you are responsible for effectively and transparently conveying important information. To make sure that no misunderstandings arise, this requires a leader who moderates team discussions, brings important issues to light and can handle constructive criticism. Also, you should appreciate and recognize the efforts of your team to ensure a positive and collaborative working atmosphere.

5. Self-control and Delegation

When your team is plagued by chaos and stress, it’s impossible to collaborative effectively – in these situations, everyone is only concerned with their own issues, and their own workload. Your team will appreciate you even more if you don’t lose your head in such situations. Stay objective and remain calm, even when it doesn’t run according to plan. Should you face a real disaster, distribute the work evenly amongst your team members, especially according to their strengths, or look for external help. Recover a balanced atmosphere, so that your employees can continue to work productively.

Did you pass the test? If yes, then congratulations! If not, now you know which aspects you can aim to improve to become a successful team leader. We wish you success!

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