Tips for a new leader
Before a new team leader can begin to focus on the team, a self-analysis should be completed to determine readiness for assuming leadership responsibilities.
Some factors a team leader should consider when beginning the new role include:
- Self-esteem – people with high self-esteem are generally success-oriented. High self-esteem in the workplace is essential for a successful team leader. Confidence in yourself and the members of your team will help create an atmosphere of trust and respect. As a team leader, you must also strive to build the self-esteem and self-image of your team members.
- Realism – it’s important that the team leader always project a professional image. At the same time, it’s equally important to be perceived as “real” by other members of the team. Be willing to admit to your shortcomings. Occasionally, a team member may have a better idea than yours. Team members can offer valuable insight into the decision making process.
- Attitude and arrogance – new team leaders frequently fall into the trap of giving an impression of arrogance. Having pride in a new leadership position should lead to confidence in your abilities. Remain aware of others who may be skeptical about your leadership skills or credibility. Quietly and subtly demonstrate your confidence rather arrogance. Being committed to achieving team goals and standards will improve your leadership skills and enhance your credibility.
- Fallibility – Team leaders are not made in a day, and mistakes will be made along the way. They are human too! Mistakes are part of the growth and development process and should be considered learning experiences. A mistake does not lessen your abilities as a leader, as long as a lesson was learned and the mistake is not repeated. Blame should not be passed on for your mistakes. The manner in which you accept responsibility for mistakes sets the standards for your expectations of other team members. Offer assistance and guidance to help your team avoid mistakes.
These are just to name a few! There are several other factors that a team leader should consider before beginning a new role as well including opportunities for improvement, succession planning, delegation, workplace bias, role modeling and role playing, determination, and objectivity.