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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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