How do you support your team?

Are you Supporting (or thwarting) Your Team?
A top 10 list

Do you recall someone you really enjoyed working with?

Can your team count on you?

Someone who you would do anything for?

We love those people!!!

Are you one of them? 

As long as you’re committed to the success of your team (and moving the industry forward positively), you are leading.

Check out these 10 ways to support your team, and influence new possibilities.

Feeling daring? Rank yourself on which of these you do well and which you could improve.

1. Set the intention; don’t give directions. Trying to tell everyone what to do is micromanaging, not leading. Receive suggestions from the team how they view success for the organization.

2.  Ask yourself the question: “Is what I’m doing helping the group to succeed?”  Ask the group, too.  If the answer is no, stop (drop and roll the f out of the way)!

3. Remind the group why you’re all there. Look at your mission. What do you value? Do those values and mission inspire you?

4. Align your team. Once goals are clear, help everyone match their part of the job to the goals and desires.

5.  Ask questions. Explore with real curiosity the link between team members’ actions and the team’s intentions/goals.

6. Earn trust. Listen. Let go and trust the power of teamwork. Be yourself. Be kind.

7.  Keep an open mind. Sometimes what looks like crazy, may make a great deal of sense. Be willing to receive and implement new ideas.

8.  Make it easy for team members to get their jobs done. Help out. Be compassionate towards others.

9.  Choose your battles wisely. They’re a poor use of time. Issues that seem critical now, often aren’t in the long run.

10. Spend time with your team. You’ll learn how to support them much better when working alongside and with them. Peeking your head out of the office occasionally does not the camaraderie create. Said So Yoda.

Connection, commitment and working in excellence with your team is essential to move the industry forward with integrity and professionalism.

Thank YOU for stepping up to create those environments in which people thrive. 


Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications


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