When leading a team, there can be some challenges along the way as we negotiate through different personalities. Effective communication from key stakeholders within the team is necessary to empower the team in achieving common goals.
Transparency is key in the delivery of messages and enables the team to understand their goals. It also gives all parties the potential to understand the expectations of the business in addition to managing their own expectations.
Accountability for individuals can be as simple as adding a daily wrap into their schedule, summarising daily achievements. This can also assist leaders in understanding the playing field and manage any potential challenges.
Remember that we all make mistakes and it is part of the learning journey. Encourage the team to share mistakes and manage them as soon as they happen so that it becomes a collaborative learning experience and an opportunity to weed out potential issues.
Availability and approachability in leaders is imperative in building trust and rapport, especially if they have any concerns that need to be managed. Setting boundaries around availability is however important and standing or walking meetings can help in cutting down meeting times to achieve deadlines and goals.
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