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1. Clear expectations
Clarify the expectations of your team’s performance and outcomes. Do this by understanding the company strategy that defines the overall direction, then create a process for goal setting, and an evaluation process so that your members know how they are doing. Also, the organisation should demonstrate its constancy of purpose by supporting the team with time, money, and human resources.
2. Spend time to understand your teammates
Besides maximising the performance and results of your team, you should take time to get to know your teammates. This is to understand the potential strengths and capabilities of your team, and boost camaraderie. This practice can help you effectively utilise the unique qualities of your subordinates to improve your team’s performance.
3. Actively accept feedback
You should encourage proactive and constant feedback from team members, because feedback is the key to assuring that your team is staying on the right track. Make sure that the team’s work receives sufficient emphasis as a priority in terms of time, attention and interest, and is directed as it progresses.
4. Acknowledge and reward
When your members are acknowledged with respect, they are satisfied, become purposeful with their job and perform better. Along with accepting feedback, you should provide acknowledgement and reward those who perform well. Many leaders ignore the importance of giving compliments because they assume that their subordinates are “just doing their job”. In fact, giving genuine recognition and respect can contribute a great deal to building loyalty and trust among your team members.
After all, a great working team takes time and effort to build. On your journey to improving your team’s performance, take some time to step back, take a look at your overall results and adjust where necessary.