Five ways to grow your team beyond you

As a leader, it can be easy to think your most important role is to increase your organisation’s performance and profit, but the true goal of a leader should be to help your team become more confident and accomplished.

So how do you help them to live up to their full potential? Here are five ways to grow your team beyond yourself.

1. Believe

One of the greatest things you can do for your team is to believe in them. Often as humans to believe in ourselves and our own potential we need someone else to believe first. Use and develop your team’s strengths and help them to see what they are capable of being.

2. Encourage

Encouragement can go a long way in developing both the confidence and capability of your team. A “you can do it” or “you are doing a great job” can help motivate them to strive further.

Building a culture of encouragement will help them to feel they can share ideas, take strategic risks and try different tasks without the fear of being reprimanded for mistakes or ridiculed for out-of-the-box thinking.

3. Challenge

Set the bar a little higher (realistically higher) for your team each time. Give them tasks that they are capable of doing but will stretch them out of their comfort zone and help them to learn, be and do more. Keep pushing them in a supportive way to improve their skills and capabilities.

4. Mentor

Share your experiences, mistakes and lessons with your team. Show them how you think and work through challenges and how you take advantage of opportunities. Let them learn from your experiences and mistakes so their journey (and yours in the long run) is easier.

5. Acknowledge

Acknowledge their strengths and be quick to praise their efforts. Ensure they feel genuinely appreciated. This will help your team to feel supported, and it breeds loyalty to you. When you acknowledge and appreciate your team, they are more likely to work harder and push boundaries further for you.

Grow your team

How do you help your team to grow?

Kylie Denton is a highly experienced Organisational and Leadership coach, with a background in financial services and psychology. Known for her ability to create sales and service frameworks that achieve consistent sales and build rapid trust with customers, and a proven track record of developing current and future leaders and financial planners, Kylie has helped businesses both large and small boost productivity, performance and profitability over the last 11 years. When Kylie shares tips, strategies and behavioural modification through her blog you can rest assured it is based on substance not conjecture.

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  1. Avatar Gary Lucas on 17/09/2017 at 12:34 pm

    Really good article Kylie. This is such an important aspect of employing people. One way of looking at it is that it is a privilege to do so and we are fortunate to have people willing to work with us each day. Investing time and resources will add value to them, the business and clients. On point 4, showing humility is very valuable and can reduce barriers and improve the relationship. We must be prepared to let go of roles and tasks and even titles to provide opportunities to others. If we have the right people, letting go will be successful, if they are not a good fit it will be obvious, hopefully to both parties. It is satisfying see others take opportunities and develop. Another simple measure is to refer to them as team members rather than staff and that we all work together rather than “that staff member works for me”. Introducing a health and well-being committee, made up mainly of team members, has been well received and helped to increase the focus on physical and mental health. Having a formal career planning process for every team member helps provide direction and builds loyalty.

  2. Kylie Kylie on 28/02/2018 at 11:23 pm

    Gary thank you so much for your comments you make some really great points and ones that I see if really great companies… Health and well being is becoming a hot topic and one that needs to be focused on in order to help and support the people which results in benefits to them but also to the company. Thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom.

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