Building a successful team is about more than finding a group of people with the right skills.
If you ask management about their leadership style, you’re likely to hear them say, “I hire the best people and get out of their way.”
Next, what is the goal and how are we going to measure progress along the way?
The trouble often starts when leaders start listing five or ten or more priorities. Jim Collins, the author of the best-selling management books “Good to Great” and “Built to Last,” says: “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.” Once you have a simple plan, you have to keep reminding your team of them, and have a way to measure those goals that everybody can see.
Other things to help your team:
Don’t make your task lists too long. Most people can’t remember more than three things day-to-day.
Show a Little Respect. If team members don’t feel respected, they won’t be motivated to bring their best ideas — and their best selves — to work.
John Duffy, chief executive of the mobile-technology company 3Cinteractive said ”It is incredibly important for leaders to model the behavior that everyone will respect one another. ” We have absolutely clear discussions with everyone about how respect is the thing that cannot be messed with in our culture,” he said. “When we have problems with somebody gossiping, or someone being disrespectful to a superior or a subordinate, or a peer, it is swarmed on and dealt with. We make everyone understand that the reason the culture works is that we have that respect. There is a comfort level and a feeling of safety inside our business.”