Leading Effective Teams - Be Committed
Commitment to your business is even more important.
If you don't have the commitment in both team and in your business, you would find that everything that you have worked for would be in shambles, because there is nothing to tie all of you together.
A championship team is a team of champions.
They are not made of individual superstars who are not committed to each other and the manager.
That's one reason why even after spending colossal amount of much money, Real Madrid F.
C still have not won any silverware for the past three years.
These are four ways to remain committed so that you would be able to lead effective teams.
Know Your Specific Outcome.
You need to know what you want for your team.
With a specific outcome, your team members are easily aligned to it.
Just like a network marketing company which constantly drills into the heads of all its members the vision of the company, you should drill into the heads of your team members your specific goals for the company.
You must lead these effective teams by using commonly understood and agreed-upon methods.
This is to enable all your team members to leverage on their different skills while moving towards your goals.
There is therefore a shared commitment to make conscious and explicit decisions about how your team operates.
After all, leaders do what normal people won't do.
They stay focused when the chips are down and even rise to the occasion to steer their members into success.
If you believe in something more than anyone else, you would be able to influence them over with your mindset.
In a morbid way, Adolf Hitler was charismatic enough to do that.
Even then, Sir Winston Churchill was also able to mobilise the English during the period of darkness and lead them out into the light, in World War II.
Can you construct your specific outcomes and share with all? Can you stay the course and not give up? 2.
Declare out loud to the team what you intend to do.
Write it down on paper, print it out.
Or even stick it to the wall.
If you show your team the targets and goals in explicit terms, you would be pleasantly surprised in the results.
When I was in the military, and we wanted to push our soldiers to pass their physical fitness test, some company commanders would showcase the results or tally these results for all in their company to see.
I did not do that, and for the next three to four months, I was constantly bombarded by my commanding Officer of the battalion what were my goals, and strategies to lift up the physical standards of my soldiers! Because I did not affirm what I wanted for them, my soldiers were not aligned to my goals! Can you do some affirmation and showcase to others your targets for your team? What are the consequences that you might face if you fail to do so? 3.
Passion is very important as it provides continued clarity in the midst of madness.
Passion keeps you going on and on.
It provides you with the fuel to maintain your vision and dreams.
If the Wright brothers listened to their critics and abandoned their passion that men would fly one day, we would never have seen the invention of the aeroplane.
If you are not committed to a cause, you would realise that your team can see and feel it.
They would be able to sense your hesitancy and ineffectiveness.
You would agree that once your team members lose faith in you, it would be very difficult to build it back again, wouldn't you? You see, many people would join you initially because of the excitement.
But they stay because of the "feel".
So how committed are you to your team members? And how committed are your team members to you? 4.
Massive action really means massive action! If you are committed in leading your team, and you want them to be effective, you can't just talk.
Action is needed to start the ball rolling.
One of the biggest mistakes that some leaders make would be to just sit and plan.
They have all these great ideas in their head, but they fail to allow these plans to materialise.
They are simply not committed to what they are doing.
Perhaps they are distracted, and perhaps they have too much on their plates.
Whatever the case, if you don't start massive action, you would have nothing because nothing would have changed.
Do you spend your time just tinkering with ideas with your team? Do you push them to execute the plans? Do you conduct proper follow through strategies? In summary, these four ways are just the tip of the ice berg in the never-ending quest of leadership learning.
Use them appropriately and you would first see changes in yourself, and then in others.