For executives, it can be stressful to sit at the top of a company or organization, making decisions that will affect every employee of the company. Also, they must be as sure as possible that each decision will benefit the greater good of the company. But a great executive isn’t just tasked with leading a collection of separate individuals. They must think of their employees as part of a larger team. Therefore, they must understand the techniques and strategies that make a team stronger and more effective.
Employees must share a mutual respect for one another as a prerequisite for effective teamwork. In most cases, this involves a universally accepted system of rules and standards. However, simply telling your employees how to treat each other won’t be enough. A great executive is able to instill a deeper respect, flowing from the top down, and spreading throughout the company culture.
For a team to be effective, each employee should have a specialized, recognized value. First, employees must understand their own self-worth and that what they offer to the company is appreciated. Next, employees should be given time to learn what others have to offer as well. Knowing where to go with a specific problem (or solution) is key to a highly efficient team.
When a team member isn’t contributing or not delivering what’s expected, they should be held accountable and encouraged to improve their performance. There is a delicate balance between accountability and respect, but ultimately they go hand in hand. A great team relies on it’s members and has expectations about themselves and the other team-members.
Of course, establishing authority can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it is the best way to coordinate a highly effective team. Leaders must be trusted, giving swift instructions to each member of the team that, when put together, allows them to operate as a finely tuned machine. The “brain” is not necessarily the smartest, but the one who coordinates and commands best. It is also very important to recognize that each team-member can be a leader of the group at one time or another, depending on the issue being addressed and the skill set they bring. When one employee is capable of greatly improving the whole, they should be embraced and given an opportunity to shine as much as anyone.
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