Keys to leadership & teamwork
If you’re here and reading this, my guess is that you’re a leader in one of the many roles across your life. And one of the most common questions that I get asked by leaders is:
“How can I elevate the performance, and motivation of my team?”
Now you may have heard this before, but it’s true… your leadership is only as strong as the weakest person on your team.
Think about that for a minute. Scan across your team, however big or small it might be. How does your team reflect on your own leadership?
The good news is, like all skills, leadership and teamwork is something that can always be improved upon and worked on. It’s also a skill that is frequently referenced and mentioned within the workplace, across sports teams, even within families… yet if I’m very honest, true leadership is difficult to find.
Leadership & Teamwork Strategies
Look at the idea of being a brand leader, for instance. Our world has millions and millions of brands. Walk into any store, and you have your choice of 10 different brands of laundry detergent – yet only a select few have the reputation of being true brand leaders.
Think of your own brand the same way. Does your personal brand set the standard, or does it just fade into the background? A lot of the answer to this question can be found in your own personal leadership.
Because of that, let’s take a look at a few leadership and teamwork strategies that you can start implementing, to help your team level up.
Leadership and Teamwork: The MVP Mentality
If you haven’t heard me talk about this before, MVP stands for mission, vision, and purpose.
Every organization exists with a mission, vision, and a purpose. So as a leader, if you already have not set time aside to define this with your team, make sure to do so. Then, I would encourage you to take it a step further as a leader, and empower your team to also define their own person MVPs.
Why take the time to do this? It helps create motivation, alignment across the team, and elevate performance.
The importance of leadership & teamwork
Staying on the topic of MVPs, once members as well as yourself have defined and discussed their own MVPs, as well as the company’s… take time as a team unit to create a unified team MVP.
Talk through your team’s mission, vision, and purpose, as well as what your core values are. Once everything is decided and agreed upon, print them out, and have them somewhere visible within the office, or distribute them to worker’s virtual offices.
The reason I highly recommend this exercise is that it is not only aligning, but also allows everyone to easily know what should be focused on, and what your team’s ‘north star’ ultimately is.
More leadership examples
Another small win that you can enact as a leader is to start implementing daily ‘huddles’ with your team. Schedule 5-10 minutes every morning to come together as a team – in person, or virtually – and share what you’re working on. Here is the outline that my team follows:
- What are the 3 things that you got done/worked on yesterday?
- What are the 3 things that you’re working on today?
- What do you need help with?
Huddles are also a great time to give each other personal shoutouts for big or small wins, which in the process, reminds everyone of the common values, goals, and vision.
The importance of teamwork & accountability
Without accountability, teams can easily fall apart. As a leader, make sure that each member of your team is aware and focused on what they’re accountable for, where their responsibilities lie, and what deadlines that they might have coming up.
Then once those responsibilities are checked off the list – celebrate them!
Leadership & Teamwork: It's time to level up!
I hope some of the above tips and pointers gave you some ideas on how you can better lead, and level up your team. If you start to lead more intentionally and with purpose, you’ll see that the results from your team start to follow.
Comment below and let me know one idea that you’re going to implement this week to level-up your leadership. I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes!
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