How to be an exceptional team leader

Whether you are running a business, a department or a project, successfully managing a team of people is a vital component of many managerial roles.  Here are some tips to being an exceptional team leader.

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Definite the team’s purpose

In other words you need  a clear vision that all the team are working towards.  This is the ultimate objective. 

If you are currently managing a team make sure everyone is clear what the team’s vision is and that they are engaged with it.  This may mean that you take time out from daily tasks to discuss the vision and how the work of each team member contributes to achieving it.   

Set clear goals

Ensure that each team member has clear and achieveable goals and knows what their priorities are.   Schedule regular updates so that you can look at how well goals are being met and discuss any difficulties. Make sure that everyone understands how their individual efforts and personal objectives contributing to the organisation's or team's strategic objectives and vision.   

Ensure roles and responsibilities are clear

Make sure everyone understands the role they play and who is responsible for what.  This is not to encourage people to only do what is in their remit and nothing else, you want everyone to do what it takes to work towards the bigger picture.  However, projects and plans can run into difficultly because there is an area where no one is assigned responsibility and everyone assumes someone else is doing it.

Make sure your team meets regularly to discuss how you are working towards your goals and vision so that you can quickly identify there is an area that is not being dealt with and where responsibility needs assigning.

Review how your team is functioning

Make sure that your team is working to its strengths, have regular team meetings as well as one to one’s.  That way you will know people's strengths and weaknesses and you can ensure their tasks are aligned to these.  If you do need to re-assign responsibilities, do it in a way that is seen as a positive move ie you are moving them because they are strong in a particular area not because they have failed or are weak in another.

Build morale and have fun

Regular meetings to review progress and talk about issues in a supportive blame free environment will help you create a cohesive group who understand and support each other.  This will instil a positive organisational culture in which everyone enjoys working towards a shared vision. 

When a goals is met reward the team with the opportunity to have fun together, thus creating further cohesion and unity.

 Doing all this will contribute to your reputation as good employer, which in turn will help you to recruit most talented people who will make your team even more exceptional!