As a team leader, empowering your team and helping them succeed is critical. In the digital age, you will not be respected as a leader just because you have a title. Instead, your team will trust you if you show responsibility, engagement, and trustworthiness. The style of your collaboration with your team and other teams is crucial on your path to obtaining these virtues. As nice as it is to have an external coach for every workshop, this is not always possible (time- or money-wise), and you will be in the position to plan and execute a workshop with your team. The better you plan ahead, the better the outcome of your workshop will be – so every minute you can invest in planning has its worth.
There are those days where work just piles up sky-high. You start in the morning with too much work for the day and when you finish in the evening, the piles are even higher. No wonder that you feel exhausted and frustrated, especially if you cannot see the silver lining. The bad news is: There’s no way to avoid this completely. The good news is: You can be responsible for creating your own silver lining.
Boy, I wished that I hadn’t heard this sentence in real life from a manager – but I have. Learning and developing your team still is news to some people in a leading position. If you are one of them, please take a few minutes and read on. I’ll promise to make it short! Here’s five good reasons why you should encourage your team to learn, even if you’re really not interested in their development.
No matter whether it’s due to the pandemic or because you already had an established remote team – if there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that remote meetings just don’t feel the same as meetings in person. That may be in a good or in a bad way, and it is definitely something that also depends on your personal preferences. While some of us love meeting remotely, some others will always find it somehow inconvenient. However, you may not have the choice. And while your team members have the freedom to just hate it, you as their team leader will always have two hearts in your chest: Your personal preference, which might be one way or the other, and the necessity to make it work and get the most out of it.
If your company worked fine during the pandemic-induces lockdown, you now have a very strong counter-argument for your My team cannot work remotely speech. Additionally, just forcing everybody back to the office of course would be possible, but is a misuse of your power which at least some of your team members will not forgive easily. It’s up to you whether you think that you want to go down that route…
Close your eyes and think of someone you really, truly trust. I bet it’s neither your boss, nor a colleague, right? It may be your spouse, your parent, your best friend, or your child. If you’re spiritual, it could be your God. However, you will most often hear this sentence from your boss or colleague. Let’s figure out why.
Have you closed your company or department during the Corona pandemic? I bet you didn’t. I bet, suddenly, it was possible to work from home. If you didn’t close your company, if your whole team (or a high percentage of your team) worked from home during the lockdown, you just created the strongest counterargument against yourself – congrats, and welcome to 2020!
When discussing bias and prejudices with colleagues, I have more than once heard the sentence: This is not a problem for me. For others, yes, but I am free of bias… I think. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning: No one on this planet (and to my knowledge in the whole universe) is free from bias. There is a pretty simple explanation for this: Because we all have a brain. As a team leader, our most important job is to be aware of this fact, accept it, and act as independent from it as possible.