Leaders must possess the ability to bring a team together, regardless of the personalities involved and the dynamics of the work group. One of the competencies of a good leader involves the ability to lead people and facilitate a cooperative team. Because management involves so much delegation, a good leader must be able to rely on his team members to carry out a variety of tasks. Without a cohesive team, effective delegation and division of duties is more difficult. You can highlight your competence as a leader by demonstrating the essential people skills and team building techniques that you possess.
Establish a team environment by organizing and guiding the team's activities. Establish roles and responsibilities for each team member and use your people skills to encourage full participation in the process. Represent the team when gaining funding and authorization for projects, and report the team's progress to key stakeholders within the organization.
Manage conflict appropriately between team members. Although conflict cannot be avoided, a proficient leader can demonstrate her leadership ability by encouraging a full and open discussion of the issues while providing appropriate moderation between the parties. Show your leadership by facilitating discussions and leading the parties toward common ground. Coach team members on the importance of diverse ideas and differing opinions, and lead by example to foster an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.
Communicate the organization's mission to team members and help staff to understand the contribution that the team makes to the company's goals and strategic objectives. Display enthusiasm about the organization's purpose and encourage team members to share ideas about ways to meet business objectives. Implement rewards programs and give appropriate recognition for team members who achieve desired results.
Handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact. Work to understand internal office politics and use that knowledge to coach team members on the best way to approach sensitive projects and complex tasks. Demonstrate leadership by using your people skills to identify the unspoken meaning behind others' actions. Help team members to perceive and respond to the concerns and fears of others, even when they may not be clearly articulated.
Lead by example. Demonstrate your own credibility and ethical responsibility through your actions. Treat each of your subordinates with respect and remain available to listen to problems and concerns. Keep your commitments and hold yourself -- and others -- accountable for individual actions.
Demonstrate your leadership by developing leadership skills in others. A great manager acts as a mentor and coach to subordinates, developing them to take over leadership roles within the organization.
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