How is your team doing?
Is your team still questioning goals and the reasons?
Does your team get distracted and lose time in meetings debating about other important things?
Are some of your team members already actively getting started while others are focusing on other things?
Do you want to see action or results?
There are many reasons why a team is not as effective as it could be. Discover Its Four Sides of Leadership that gives you immediate orientation as leader how to make your team more effective.
A group of people always looks for a leader.
Make sure that leader is You!
Leaders are everywhere. You may be a leader with a permanent position, like a director, a department manager, or a team leader. It could be you are heading an area of business, like a specific technology or sales accounts. Or you have a temporary role as a leader, like for a project or an event. In any case you were chosen to lead this group of people. Your task is to help them succeeded in meeting the expectations.
Challenges leaders face when leading a team.
Younger and even more experienced leaders often feel that they don’t have as much experience as their team members or more senior specialists.
This makes the leaders self-aware, hesitant and doubtful. This uneasiness can make it difficult to earn the respect and trust of their team.
Effective communication is vital for leadership. And the recent additions with virtual and digital communication tools has made it even harder to ensure that people have seen, heard, and understood a message.
Leaders with all levels of experience find themselves struggling to convey their ideas, provide feedback, or handle conflicts within the team.
Often leaders don’t get an opportunity to formally develop leadership skills until later in their career.
Consequently, they have to rely more on their personality and copy role models or senior managers when dealing with their people.
This can manifest habits and behaviours that are not always effective.
Having different opinions and different values can cause conflict. Conflict is a natural part of any engaged team. But leaders may not have developed the skills to effectively manage and resolve conflicts among team members.
It can be challenging to establish new boundaries while maintaining positive working relationships, especially when leaders are unclear about good employee relationship and friendship.
As expectations on leaders can be high, they are committed to do their best and deliver. This fear of failure can lead to taking too much control and to micromanage the team.
Leaders may struggle with delegation, either by being too hands-off or too controlling. Finding the right balance is crucial for team productivity and morale.
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Good leaders are needed more than ever.
Being a good leader is not a question of your character or personality.
Good leaders are needed at all levels of an organization. And many leaders struggle trying to be good leaders. Unfortunately, being a leader also means that this person stick out, voices their opinion, and is more visible than anybody else. This visibility makes superior managers, peers, direct reports, and even HR professionals judge a leader quickly by their personality. But they all fail to see that there is a lack of formal leadership skills.
Common mistakes leaders make.
Leaders who lack confidence may respond with arrogant behaviour or distancing themselves from the team, which can hinder collaboration and erode trust within the team. They may avoid making decisions or shift blame for mistakes to protect their self-esteem.
Leaders struggling with communication may ignore feedback, overload their team with unclear messages, and become evasive when issues are raised. Some may isolate themselves and rely solely on one-way communication, hindering collaboration and understanding.
Leaders lacking formal leadership skills may exhibit controlling behaviour, fail to seek development, and prioritize personal interests over the team’s well-being. They might establish a hierarchy and assign blame to team members rather than taking responsibility.
Leaders who avoid conflicts at all costs may allow issues to fester, choose sides in a biased manner, or retaliate against team members who raise concerns. This approach can lead to passive-aggressive behaviour and gossip within the team.
Leaders fearing failure may resort to micromanagement, avoiding delegation and creating a culture of fear. They may set unrealistic expectations and blame team members for any perceived failures, which can stifle team morale and creativity.
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Anyone can be a good leader.
Being a good leader is a question of applying a clear set of skills.
Successful teams have a leader who effectively leads the team to success. To make this team successful, the leader has to fulfil a specific role. This role is significantly different to that of a team member. Only when the role of a leader is in place can the team become more effective.
Being an effective team means, getting more done, making less mistakes, meeting deadlines, delivering on expectations, and having fun at work.
Four key competences leaders need to master.
Communicating Common Goals
When leaders effectively communicate common goals to their teams, it drives alignment, purpose, and unity within the group. It ensures that everyone understands the overarching objectives and works toward them in a coordinated manner. This clarity of purpose enhances motivation, teamwork, and productivity. Furthermore, it provides a clear framework for decision-making and performance evaluation, as everyone is aware of what they’re striving to achieve.
Deciding on the Current Strategy
Leaders who make informed strategic decisions guide their teams toward success. Defining the current strategy provides a clear roadmap for the organization, allowing for efficient resource allocation, risk management, and adaptability in a rapidly changing environment. It empowers the team by offering a sense of direction and purpose, reducing ambiguity and fostering confidence in leadership’s ability to navigate challenges effectively.
Developing the People
A commitment to developing team members not only benefits their professional growth but also strengthens the leader’s capacity to achieve organizational objectives. Investing in people’s skills, knowledge, and personal development cultivates a more capable and motivated workforce. It also demonstrates a leader’s dedication to their team’s success, building trust and loyalty. In the long run, well-developed employees contribute to higher productivity, innovation, and better overall performance.
Following Up on Achievements
Regularly monitoring and following up on achievements is vital for leaders to maintain accountability, recognize accomplishments, and identify areas for improvement. It allows leaders to provide constructive feedback and coaching, reinforcing a culture of continuous improvement. Additionally, acknowledging and celebrating achievements boosts team morale and motivation, making team members feel valued and recognized for their contributions, which, in turn, enhances loyalty and commitment to the leader’s vision and goals.
A good leader gets a group of people to achieve common goals.
During a two-year period of coaching and training a mid-size company within the Sandvik group, Colin Luthardt transformed the managers into leaders, achieving remarkable success.
In an additional two-year post-program, he meticulously examined their achievements to identify underlying leadership patterns.
This exploration led to the creation of ‘Its Four Sides® of Leadership‘ and his book, ‘Speaking the Language of Leadership.’
This unique book, unlike traditional leadership guides, centres on a real success story, with genuine observations and psychological insights.
Speaking the Language of Leadership, The Journey is presented as a novel, illustrating how coaching managers to lead teams led to nearly 50% greater effectiveness, offering a fresh perspective on leadership.
Practical and inspiring
This is an excellent book, full of deep, inspiring ideas written in an engaging and practical style and helpful for every manager with leadership responsibility.
– Klaus Petrasek, Managing Director, ACADICTA
Colin Luthardt’s SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP, stands out from other books on leadership for three main reasons: it’s practical, it’s systematic without being mechanistic, and perhaps most importantly, it recognizes that people are, well, people – and that this quality must be accounted for in all forms of communication between people in order to improve organizational outputs.
– Jody Prescott, Legal Advisor ICE
Insights for change
This book is refreshing in terms that if focuses on and stresses the importance of leadership challenges as means to foster successful business. The book highlights a number of characters that I personally have met, describes challenges I’ve faced and describes the insights and behavior change required to really empower an organization and establish a leadership culture.
– Lubos Bartek, product development, multinational industry Mälardalen
Speaking the language of leadership
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The Journey tells the story how good managers became great leaders.
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Leaders know the way.
Leaders show the way.
Leaders go the way.
(Coach Colin, Montreal 1998)
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How to get started
A Chinese proverb says, a journey always starts with the first step.
But to take the first step safely, you need to put your left foot or your right foot forward first?
I believe a journey starts with knowing where you are and where you want to go. Do you know where you are?
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