5 Steps to Build a Team of Leaders
Any working professional must have across a time where they felt de-motivated, uninterested, and unproductive. A company is the by-product of the efforts put in by the team members. If employees see the tasks assigned to them as mere jobs with no significance, the company’s health will eventually suffer due to this. If you constantly feel like you need to motivate your employees with monetary benefits, like bonuses (which is not entirely wrong), something might be wrong.
In order to run a successful business, it is extremely important that all employees of the company feel responsible and accountable for their work. It is important that they bring in fresh perspective, new approaches to fast-track business. This motivation comes from within leaders. So, to ensure you have an efficient team, you need to form of team of leaders – leaders who are self-motivated, results-driven, and responsible.
Here are 5 steps from the book – A Team of Leaders, you need to incorporate in your business to ensure you have a team of leaders.
- Break the hierarchy
If you have an organisation where there’s one boss who gives orders to the rest of the team on what to do, that is the first flaw you need to eradicate. If employees feel like they are dependent on one person for their job, they will become accustomed to taking orders rather than coming up with new ideas.
Breaking hierarchy should be the first step you need to take towards making a team of go-getters. Every employee should feel like they have a say, and they are contributing towards the big picture. Once employees feel they are heard, they will start taking initiatives and being pro-active. This will eventually help build a sustainable business.
- Design your team so that each leader has a purpose
Now you might think that why does each leader need a purpose when eventually all of them are working in the same organization?
Well yes, they all are working towards the same goal, but all leaders need to feel united towards the purpose to be efficient. How can that be done? By having a sense of ownership. If leaders feel that their work hold real value which defines the state of the company, they will be willing to go that extra mile.
To do that, you need to implement team value creation model – where your team works as a mini-business. Each team’s vision contributes to the overall success of the company. Give you leaders access to high-level information. A Team of Leaders also states that when employees feel they are trusted with critical work, they feel motivated. And satisfied employees mean satisfied customers.
- Align incentives of each leader to boost the team as a whole
You have defined a purpose for each leader, but you also need to ensure that their purposes work well with one another. The incentives of the team need to be in alignment. This means that you need to find out what drives leaders as a team and what would drive maximum motivation and productivity.
For instance, if a company rewards quantity over quality, then other teams who worked hard on quality might feel demotivated and disconnected. This is where teams will lose their sense of direction and purpose and move in different directions. If the goals are made clear, then all teams would strive for the same goal which in turn would lead to company’s success.
- Give your team access to all necessary knowledge
Every company has organizational knowledge that helps companies serve customers. Organizational knowledge can be broken down into key knowledge which tells how to create value for customers, codifiable knowledge referring to facts & routines and tactic knowledge which are facts and beliefs.
Having a mix of these is what makes an employee armed with the right knowledge. Any employee who has access to only part knowledge will struggle one day or another. For instance, lack of codifiable knowledge will make a team inefficient to tackle a situation posed by the customer without needing help. This will inevitably cause valuable resources to spend energy on a problem that could have been handled with the right knowledge.
Make sure that you have written detailed information readily available for any new employee or existing one, when one might need it.
- Give your leaders a working space that supports them
A working space should be a constant reminder to leader as to why they’re doing what they’re doing. Company’s success and customers’ feelings should always be in plain sight. This is called visual management.
This can be achieved by making sure that a workplace is designed such that leaders can exchange ideas, illustrate their progress, and set goals. Having the purpose in front of leaders will keep them motivated, increase alignment and increase focus.
These 5 steps from the book – A Team of Leaders will surely improve the success of your organization if executed smartly.