Team Leadership as a Driving Force for Project Success
December 6, 2010
Top 3 Tips on how to improve your leadership skills
For business companies, project success is like a race in which they participate to earn a competitive advantage. Effective team leadership and management is an opportunity for those companies to win the race and get the prize – project success… Team leadership theories and team management practices focus us on creating a work environment where team members can easily collaborate with each other, jointly work on achieving shared goals, and efficiently produce results in teamwork. Effective team leadership is also the starting point for a project manager to begin achieving success. It’s the end point of PM activities to benefit from the project that has been successfully delivered and accomplished. Let’s find out Team leadership activities make it possible to motivate teams towards almost hopeless project efforts and engage people on doing things that seem to be impossible.
Unfortunately it is hard to find leaders and managers who have really good team leadership skills and are able to efficiently meet team challenges. I believe there are several major challenges that often remain unsolved throughout the lifecycle of any project. Those challenges make projects more complicated and therefore increase the probability of failure. Let’s see three team leadership tips that can help you handle any challenge in your project.
Tip #1: Always Set Clear Objectives
My experience in team leadership and management has taught me not to be too reckless and jump into my conclusions regarding team training. I’ve participated in 25 projects for the last several years, and some of my projects with clearly identified objectives have had a 75% higher chance of success than those with unclear and ambiguous goals descriptions.
Why haven’t group leaders just clarified objectives and created a clear description of teamwork? Perhaps the reason is that those leaders have never regarded team leadership development as one of primary driving forces of project success.
Tip #2: Translate the Objectives
Once your team objectives are clearly set they should be translated for the team. This is not just about repeating the objectives again and again until team members get the right understanding. It is about effective team leadership that ensures delivery of the objectives to minds of team members. As a team leader, you must explain how to achieve project success, in a clear and insightful manner. The way for you to do this is to ask right questions, respond to feedback, and be respected by your team members.
Tip #3: Focus on Results
No matter which team leadership styles have been used, one of the most frequent mistakes refers to getting distracted with thousands of non-essential details. Team leaders haven’t focused their teams on the right direction, so the teams have dispersed their efforts, and no expected results have been produced. This mistake is often made by people responsible for virtual team management.