THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAM MANAGEMENT: WHY IT MATTERS?
Is team management really important? The ingredients for a solid company culture includes proactive employees, effective management and solution-focused goals and actions.
Why does Team management matter? Imagine you’re heading a team that is simply ‘going through the motions’. A few things are certain about such a group. First, they likely don’t care about the company’s success. Second, coming to work is just about receiving a pay cheque. Third, they likely have negative perceptions and preconceived notions about the team and company.
Keep in mind, without a good team, you cannot have good business. Team management is necessary and crucial.
The following tips will help you effectively manage your team:
#1 Communicate but don’t Command
A capable manager is a person who provides instruction and clearly communicates the company’s goals and objectives. He or she also maintains an open line of communication for the team.
As a manager, you have to know the conditions under which performance is at its optimal. This means knowing the strengths and areas of improvement of each team member. Take time out on a regular basis to actively listen to each team member’s concerns and offer solutions accordingly. Sometimes the concern might be as simple as needing an effective project management tool. This may never be discovered unless you make the effort to find out what is affecting your team’s performance.
Keep in mind, your company will progress when you help others and NOT by trying to run a one-man show.
#2 Ensure your team feels Valued
Every human likes to feel appreciated and important. The need to receive recognition and respect is inherent in all human beings.
When managing your team, let each team member know how well they’re doing. Provide genuine appreciation for their efforts. Take their concerns and try to resolve them so that their performance improves.
On a personal level, team managers need to engage in personal development. You need to evaluate your strengths and abilities and seek improvements in your management style. You will likely hear critiques about your management style through the company grapevine. Consider them. There might be truth in if it’s a reoccurring critique.
#3 Encourage Personal Development for Team Members
An effective leader promotes personal development amongst his or her team members. One way to achieve this is by organizing monthly professional development exercises with your team. This has benefits. It enables newer team members to gain familiarity with older employees.
Second, getting to know your fellow team on a personal level helps you get a better understanding of their personality. Lastly, personal development meetings help to draw out each team member’s strengths.
The end result of such meetings is a team that works in sync.
The importance of team management cannot be highlighted enough. It is the formula for company success!
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