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How to be a good team leader ๐Ÿ‘‘

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How to be a good team leader –

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

The saying goes that “people don’t leave bad jobs – they leave bad managers”, and it couldn’t be more true.

Research has found that 57% of people have left at least one job because of a bad manager!

Whether you’re a team leader at work, home, or school, it’s great to learn how to manage people.

There is a lot of pressure on team leaders to perform well.

As difficult as the job can be, leading a team can help you to:

  • climb up the career ladder at work ๐Ÿชœ
  • get other people to help you reach your goals ๐Ÿ†
  • create new ideas ๐Ÿง 
  • save time when getting things done โŒš
  • make work better quality than if you did it alone โœจ
  • get more work done ๐Ÿ“ˆ

But how do you actually lead a team? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here are our top tips for being the best team leader. ๐Ÿ‘‘

1. Be a good team player ๐Ÿ€

In our article Teamwork makes the dream work! How to work well in a team ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ we explain the following tips on how to work well in a team.

As a good team leader you should want your team to feel like you’re still part of the team – which means following the same rules as your team players do.

To work well in a team, you should:

  • Listen๐Ÿ‘‚
  • Be kind ๐Ÿค
  • Encourage others ๐Ÿ‘
  • Be proactive ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Be positive โ˜€๏ธ
  • Celebrate diversity ๐ŸŒ
  • Make decisions together ๐Ÿง 
  • Set clear responsibilities ๐Ÿ“ƒ
  • Set clear goals ๐Ÿ†
  • Communicate clearly ๐Ÿ”Š

2. Keep balanced workloads โš–๏ธ

As a leader, you want your team to be as productive as possible. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿญ


Push too hard, and your team might struggle, and start to lose trust in you. ๐Ÿ˜’

If you’re constantly making demands of your team and promoting an unhealthy workload, you might find your team members getting burned out and distancing themselves from the team. ๐Ÿฅด

Try to keep a good balance of fun and work to keep your team enthusiastic and productive. ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ

3. Give credit ๐Ÿ…

Some of the biggest frustrations team members can have is:

  • not receiving recognition for their hard work ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • feeling like you’ve taken credit for their work ๐Ÿ˜’

As a team leader, it’s really important for you to support and encourage your team to achieve the best that they can.

4. Show integrity ๐Ÿ’–

In order to be a good team leader, your team needs to be able to trust you.

You can show integrity to your team by doing things like:

  • Being honest
  • Keeping your promises โœ…
  • Leading by example
  • Making fair decisions ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ
  • Treating everyone fairly and not showing favoritism
  • Be transparent – if you’re giving people bad news, be open about it!

5. Be open-minded ๐Ÿง 

The great thing about having a team around you, is that you will also get:

  • new ideas ๐Ÿคฉ
  • opportunities to improve things ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
  • people who can tell you when you’re wrong or making a mistake ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • people who will try and change things, to make them better ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Change can be uncomfortable, and push you out of your comfort zone. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But in order to make the most of all the good changes your team can bring, you need to be open-minded, and willing to try new things.

This means

  • Letting your team fail (and not blaming them for trying!) ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Listening to new ideas ๐Ÿ‘‚
  • Trying new ways of working ๐Ÿงช

Being open-minded can help your team to trust you, and feel safe enough to take risks that could benefit the team. ๐Ÿง 

6. Protect your team ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

In a workplace, your team can be constantly under pressure from things like:

  • other people adding to their workloads ๐Ÿ“ˆ
  • conflict with other teams ๐Ÿ’ฃ
  • home life stress ๐Ÿก
  • relationship issues ๐Ÿ’”
  • struggling to manage work/life balance โš–๏ธ

As a team leader, it’s your job to protect your team from these issues as far as possible. ๐Ÿคบ

You should protect, champion, and encourage your team, helping them to get

  • exposure to different experiences ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ
  • recognition ๐Ÿ†
  • opportunities to grow ๐ŸŒฑ

7. Share a vision ๐Ÿ‘€

There’s nothing more demoralizing for a team, than not knowing where you’re going ๐Ÿงญ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

As a team leader, it’s your job to set a vision for the team, so they know what they’re working towards. ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

8. Be compassionate ๐Ÿฅฐ

As a team leader it’s important to be compassionate and understanding for what your team are going through.

Your team will never get everything perfect all of the time, which means you need to have patience and empathy for their situations.

Research has shown that employees who work for compassionate managers are:

  • 25% more engaged in their jobs ๐Ÿ˜
  • 20% more committed to the organization ๐Ÿ”—
  • have an 11% lower risk of burnout ๐Ÿ”ฅ

In order to be more compassionate as a team leader, you can do things like:

  • Speak to your team with kindness and respect
  • Be patient ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Forgive your team for making mistakes
  • Express gratitude and appreciation for your team ๐Ÿ™
  • Encourage your team
  • Apologize when you’ve made a mistake ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Listen carefully and without judgment
  • Offer to help your team ๐Ÿค
  • Celebrate your team’s success
  • Accept your team for who they are ๐Ÿค—

9. Keep it fun ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ

Just because you’re a manager, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of humour!

Research has shown that:

So – being positive can make you smarter, and help your team to be smarter too! ๐Ÿง 

You can help your team to be more positive by:

  • celebrating successes ๐ŸŽ‰
  • complimenting team members on their good work ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • treating challenges like an opportunity to learn ๐Ÿค“
  • making time to have fun with your team ๐Ÿช…
  • helping the team to resolve conflicts ๐Ÿค

10. Listen better than everyone else๐Ÿ‘‚

As a team leader, it might feel like you need to always have the answers and always have something to say.

This isn’t true!

In fact, the opposite will often work better.

The best team leaders are the best listeners, making sure that everyone has room for their say. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

If you make others feel listened to, they’re also far more likely to listen to you. ๐Ÿ™Œ

To make sure that your team feel listened to:

  • take a genuine interest in them ๐Ÿคฉ
  • ask them for feedback – always try and do better for them ๐ŸŽค
  • ask for their opinions on your plans ๐Ÿค”
  • make your team feel special – 133 ways to make someone feel special ๐Ÿ’–

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

To be a good team leader, you should:

  1. Be a good team player ๐Ÿ€
  2. Keep balanced workloads โš–๏ธ
  3. Give credit ๐Ÿ…
  4. Show integrity ๐Ÿ’–
  5. Be open-minded ๐Ÿง 
  6. Protect your team ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ
  7. Share a vision ๐Ÿ‘€
  8. Be compassionate ๐Ÿฅฐ
  9. Keep it fun ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ
  10. Listen better than everyone else๐Ÿ‘‚

If you know any friends or family members who might benefit from learning about how to work well in a team, share this post with them!

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