While integrity, authenticity, and honesty are effective leadership qualities, at some point, leaders have to be successful in achieving goals.
Some leaders, who are able to persuade, encourage and motivate others to follow their lead are adept at realizing their objectives. However, even if you’re a top leader in the organization, you can’t achieve your goals without the support and contribution of your team.
It may be a challenging task to harness your team’s talents – but the most successful leaders work in tandem with their teams to produce the best results.
Regardless of that ‘to-do’ list that never seems to get done, you have to maintain your momentum, be willing to take risks and make proactive decisions to achieve your goals.
Create a Strong and Clear Vision Plan
Include everyone in the vision plan and engage team members in activities (like revenue generation and growth) that contribute to the common vision.
- Articulate your vision to all your team members – work with a long-term strategy in mind.
- Encourage consistent interactions within the team and across departments.
- Initiate appropriate actions necessary and track progress regularly.
Focus on Organizational Culture
Make a special effort to understand the organizational culture; this will tell you how to leverage your team’s attitudes, skills, mindsets, and values to achieve larger goals.
Motivate your team to work together and encourage a culture of mutual respect and understanding.
- Actively engage your team members and show interest in them as individuals.
- Clarify the purpose of the goals and emphasize individual contribution towards overarching objectives.
- Implement employee appreciation programs to show gratitude for their efforts.
- Create a warm, welcoming culture that celebrates diversity and teamwork.
Empower Your Team(s) to Take Ownership of Goals
Instead of exercising tight control and wanting your team to take approval for every small thing, empower them to work on their own.
- Encourage innovative thinking.
- Provide flexibility so they can make corrections.
- Delegate control but with clear boundaries.
Mentor Your Team and Leverage Their Talents
To be an effective leader, you need to manage expectations, do your research and ask the right questions. Seasoned and self-aware leaders inspire confidence, set directions and hold others more accountable rather than just relying on themselves for results.
What’s more, creating a clear vision, understanding organizational culture and the ability to inspire innovation help drive performance. By being fair, kind and supportive, you can help bring out the best in your team and use their strengths to achieve goals.