Team Leader Success Qualities
A number of inquiries, searches and questions seem to consistently come up when thinking about the “qualities of a good team leader” Certainly, managers and executives have both thought about these qualities and possess some or all of them in some degree. Those of you who have followed my Blogs and Articles know my bias toward seeing these questions through the “Eyes of the Employee.” Some of these qualities are straight forward; good communicator, knows the business, trustworthy, good listener, professional, fair and balanced. These are qualities I have heard most often form employees and a manager’s direct reports.
One of the most important, a quality that is more felt and experienced than thought about, is the manager’s ability to get things done effectively through excellent work delegation skills. Employees really do feel a sense of confidence, and willingness to take on challenging assignments when they work for a manager that delegates very well. The manager can be tough, demanding, a stickler of quality and timely results and the employee team will support this if the manager has demonstrated the ability to manage work through delegation.
The three categories by which the employee sees evidence of this ability are:
- Quality planning of work assignments and projects.
- The ability to assign work or project action steps effectively.
- Tracking the progress and keeping the team focused and on track for execution.
The employees know what to expect. The Plans have been reviewed with them and in many cases they may have had input opr at least a chance to have a Q & A about the assignment. They have confidence that any work assignments they are given will define exactly “What” needs to be done, “When” it needs to be done and “How” it needs to be done. They also realize they will be held accountable and that their manager will stay on top of each assignment and help them stay on track. Until you work on a project team with a manager who is solid in the qualities of a good team leader and is an outstanding “Delegator” of work, you may not fully grasp the significance of the delegation strength.
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