Trust in Your Team

Leadership of other people is a great honour. There are times when one is placed in a position of Leadership as part of a project or on-going operations. Other times Leadership comes from people volunteering to follow you. Either way, whenever you are in a position of Leadership it is because you have been entrusted to produce more than what one person can achieve.

It is the role of the Leader to ensure that the aim or objectives of the project or on-going operations are achieved. This means that all required outcomes are achieved. In order to do this the Leader will have to Trust in their team. Without Trust in the Team it will not be possible for the Leader to maximise the potential of the Team.

There are a number of reasons why you are required to work with a team. These include:

  • Size of the Project. The project or ongoing operations is likely to be a large enough that more than one person is required to achieve the required outcomes. So by having a team you will be able to achieve more, quicker.
  • Diverse Perspectives. With a number of people involved in your project or ongoing operations, you are likely to get differences of opinion. These differences if correctly managed will add to the overall outcomes of the project or operations
  • Diverse Skills. With many projects or operations there is a requirement for a range of skills to achieve the required outcomes. By having a team where the individuals working together, have a range of skills, you can ensure that the project or operations benefit from these diverse skills.

So now that we know there is number of reasons that we may be leading a team, how do we get all of the members of team to understand what needs to be done? It is important to communicate the mission and objectives of the project or ongoing operations to all team members. This communication needs to distil in each and every member the reason for their work and also how it fits into the larger picture.

Ideally the Leader has appointed the team or be involved in the appointing of the team. However this is not always the case. Either way the Leader will have the ability to decide how to deploy the individual team members. Doing this the Leader will be able to ensure that each team member’s strengths are maximised.

So how do we as leaders ensure that the team members do what is required in the required timeframes?

One way is to establish a plan to how the team is to achieve the required outcomes. The plan should outline a number of tasks that need to be completed in order to achieve the required outcomes. For each of the tasks a team member needs to be assigned responsibility and a timeframe. Then as the leader you need to ensure that there is a method of reporting back from the team members to yourself the progress in accordance with the plan.

So you can either micromanage your team and be key on all the decisions to be made. However this will just lead to low morale and a lack of buy in from your team members. So what is the alternative? Trust your team. Once you have distilled your intent for the project or operations in your team, allocated you team based on their strengths and set up a reporting mechanism, then allow your team to get on with the job.

Allowing your team to get on with their job; does not mean that you do not have involvement with the team. As a leader you need to ensure that you provide the required support and guidance to your team throughout the process. This support and guidance can be in the form of being a sounding board for their thoughts, assisting in the decision making progress or just providing feedback and encouragement.

So in summary if you need to work in a team due to the size of the task, to ensure diverse perspectives or to cover a diverse range of skills, then TRUST YOUR TEAM. In trusting your team ensure that you set up the environment to be able to trust your team. This includes ensuring that you:

  • Communication the intent of the project or operations
  • Deploy the team members to maximise their strengths
  • Use systems to monitor progress of the project
  • Support your team throughout the process

When you can trust your team, you will find life less stressful, team members more engaged and the team achieving more, quicker.

Created by: Attila Ovari

©Attila &Kim Ovari 2012. The content of this Article may be reproduced with permission of the author. Created 08 Jul 12.

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