Effective teams don't happen randomly. They are the result of influential leaders who lead by example and build healthy habits into the team's dynamic. But sometimes things go south within a team, and a leader is left wondering, "what happened?" Whether it is a failed project or turnover of talented members in the team, this is a crucial moment of reflection for any leader.
What are some signs your team needs a leader to be more involved? If you can recognize the symptoms of the problem, you can take steps to get your team back on track. Below, are some of the signs you should look out for:
1. Absence of Trust
Trust is the foundation of all successful teams, and the absence of trust is a billboard on the road to dysfunction. Teams that don't trust each other assume harmful intentions, dread spending time together, and don't ask for help from each other. Leaders can start cultivating trust by creating a culture of vulnerability, rewarding honesty, and, most...
Listening is a powerful and magnetic force. Have you ever noticed this? The people who listen to us are the ones that draw us closer. So, it makes sense why improved listening skills can make you a more effective leader. Whether you’re listening to your kids or in a meeting receiving feedback from your employees, it’s essential that you listen carefully and become more mindful of what others are saying between the lines.
As a leader, it’s not always easy to know what subordinates are thinking. It's quite common for those who speak out about their concerns to be labeled as complainers or having a bad attitude. Depending on the culture, there may be fears or frustrations around communication.
But, the leader who can listen clearly will develop relationships of trust and let others know their voice has value.
One of the ways a true leader can listen is by learning body language, being able to discern moods, facial expressions, and knowing behavioral issues....
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