The past month has seen many businesses experience a flood of activity. Some of the activity was unexpected and uncharacteristic for the January period. For others, it was the result of hard work in the months leading up to the Christmas break. Either way, it saw business leaders scrambling to get a strategy in place and organise the troops to deliver it.
So for those not prepared with a clear strategy, it felt like they were stuck in a whirlwind, playing catch up and working extreme hours to manage the extra workload. This, in turn, caused stress and overwhelm… limiting the levels of successful project delivery. It also saw many leaders shift their focus off helping their teams and to firefighting.
So how do we lead our teams with the strategy we have developed? Here are some simple and powerful tips:
Businesses are a reflection of Leadership
Your focus and attitude sets the tone for the business. Teams want to be part of a business that has senior members who are passionate and have a can do attitude. Your approach drives the way the teams experience the work space. Bring your passion to the work environment, giving the team a sense of why delivering your vision matters
Delegate and empower
Top leaders allocate power downward, across the organisation, empowering people at all levels to make decisions. Distribution of responsibility gives potential strategic leaders the opportunity to see what happens when they take ownership of delivery. It also frees up time for the leaders to build the business
Keep them in the loop
Keep your team up-to-date. Letting team members know what’s happening, how their work is helping advance an important project and how their work is influencing delivery, lets them know how they are impacting the results. Communicate progress and have them take ownership along the way.
Teams nowadays want leaders who make an effort to know what it is that they want. Be the leader who gets on with things, is open to delegating control to create long term efficiencies and keeps them informed with what’s going on… and you will have a team striving for the common vision.
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