How Can I Lead an Effective Team?

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How Can I Lead an Effective Team?

How Can I Lead an Effective Team? 600 338 Dr. David Arrington
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Today we’re answering the questions that you sent in! When I sent out the newsletter last time I put a bounty on great questions, I said if we choose your question we’re going to give you a $25 gift card.

And we got a ton of great questions and it was really hard to sift through all of them. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to answer more than one, and we’re going to give out more than one $25 gift card because it’s only fair. So today we’re starting with a question that Melanie R sent in, and if you want to get your question answered right here on the show tweet at me @DMackArrington #AskDrDave and if we choose your question, we’ll answer it right here on the show.

Melanie’s question was awesome she asked simply “How do you lead a group to become a successful, effective team?”

Firstly Melanie, kudos to you for understanding that every group is not a team. We make this mistake a lot, it happens at work every day. We toss a few people in a room and we mistakenly think we have a team. It really doesn’t work that way. Melanie, in order to lead a successful effective team what you really have to do you got to be a credible leader that your team can trust. You have to be the kind of person that they want to run through brick walls or walk over hot coals for. You’ve got to become the kind of leader that engenders that kind of trust that’s going to be necessary to be an effective team.

Your Word Must Mean Something

Without trust, your team can’t perform. Just that simple when they do trust their leaders they have a greater chance of performing. So let’s look at three ways you can become a more credible leader, the first thing is walk the talk. Your word is your bond, if you say it you have to back it up. You can’t be the kind of leader that says one thing to one group and gives a completely different message later on. If you constantly change your messaging and contradict yourself, it’s going to undermine your ability to lead and their desire to follow.

People have to believe that when you say it you mean. If you say it you’ll do it. What does it mean is it doesn’t mean you’ll never make mistakes it doesn’t mean you’ll never have to walk back some of what you just said because you overstated it or things change because strategic priorities change. No, what it says is in general you’re the kind of person that can be trusted to say what they mean and mean what they say.

No Favorites

We have people that we naturally gravitate towards and there are people that we do not gravitate towards. It’s easy to spend more time with the people that you like and less time with the people you don’t like but as a leader you no longer have that luxury. You have to treat everybody the exactly the same.

You got to be the person who can walk in the room and treat the person that you don’t get along with exactly the same as the person you do get along with. As a leader you don’t have the luxury of holding grudges you don’t have the luxury of staying mad at people, you have to get the job done and you have to get the job done through your team. So that’s the second thing I’ll tell you.

Up the Accountability

Up the accountability, and now when I talk about accountability I’m not talking about waiting until things go south and then assigning blame. I’m talking about giving your team everything they need to succeed. I’m talking about asking questions before things go south. I’m talking about following up before things break. I’m talking about ensuring success from the start the vs. trying to clean up messes. So you’ve got to ask tough questions like “What happened? And how can we help you?” Otherwise, if people can blow deadlines and show up without the deliverables without being asked about it, you create a dysfunctional team culture. It might be perceived as favoritism.

So Melanie your gift card your $25 gift card is on the way! Thank you for a great question if you’d like to get your question answered on The Leadership Show That Has No Name, simply tweet at me @DMackArrington  #AskDrDave and we will answer your question right here on the show.

Until next time make today count.

 


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Dr. David Arrington

David a husband, father and the principal of Arrington Coaching. He and his team work with leaders, teams, organizations, and entrepreneurs. He regularly speaks and writes on leadership development, team alignment, and peak performance. He can be reached at David@Arringtoncoaching.com

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