The Ability To Manage Your Team

Businessman drawing fishes in group leadership concept

This week we have covered two of the three keys traits of a successful manager:

1. The Ability To Manage Yourself

2. The Ability To Manage Systems

Today we will discuss the third trait, “The Ability to Manage Your Team.”

Successful managers have learned the value of teamwork. They know how to keep their team inspired to do their best work. They take the “all for one and one for all” approach, which keeps the momentum of the team moving forward.

These team leaders keep one main thought out front: it is all about the team as a whole.  They have four main standards of practice that they uphold to ensure the success of their team.

1. Their main focus is the team.  They will not allow solo players nor will they allow any player to drag the team down.  They understand that having either of these two types of players on their team will eventually take its toll on the team and it will lose its momentum.

2. They make sure that all team members know and understand company policies.  Team members know their boundaries in regards to their position and know the consequences for stepping outside of the line.  There are no surprise rules; they know what is expected when it comes to protocols and policies.

3. Successful team leaders know how to delegate appropriately.  All team members must carry their own weight.  They also make sure all team members know how their position affects the rest of the team.

4. They create systems for checks and balances throughout the workplace and they make sure that each team member understands them and how they work. They set their team up for success, not failure.

Ultimately, successful managers create an environment where every player is equally important.  Their goal is to collectively do the best job, give the best service, and create the best workplace together.  By doing this they are all winners and that is what matters the most

“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –Mattie Stepanek

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