Different people have different ways of leading a team. While some people prefer a more relaxed method of leadership, there are some who like to oversee their team members regularly.
However, being a team leader is always about balancing the need to deliver company goals and keeping your team members motivated. The best way to achieve this is to first command respect from your team members by showing your ability to lead and most importantly trusting your team members.
So how do you start trusting your team members? Here are some suggestions:
1. Delegate the bigger tasks to your team members
You should not try to do everything yourself. Every team leader will usually have trust issues in getting their team members to perform a more complex task. One way to resolve these trust issues is by leaving bigger tasks to your team members. By doing this, your team members will be able to learn a new set of skills and adapt easier to a more challenging working environment. Every team leader should aspire to be a good role model and mentor as well.
2. Listen to their ideas
Listen to your team members. They may have better ideas on how to approach certain tasks and projects. The flow of ideas in any organisation should not be a top to bottom approach. Team leaders should play their role more effectively by getting their team members to discuss ideas rather than letting them do the same routine job every day.
3. Implement a simple system to monitor progress
Let’s admit that some of us are control freaks. Even though we say we want to give our team members more independence, we may succumb to check on them every minute. If you face this issue, it is best to start implementing a simple process to track work progress. By doing this, you will be able to maintain some control over the project and while still providing some space for your team members to explore new areas of work.
Start trusting your team members today. Provide them with the space to express ideas and opportunities to try out new projects. Try out these steps, it will definitely help out in achieving better morale in your team.