Inspiring team member confidence should be an important part of a “Leadership Evaluation.” Team members need to have confidence in one another, be able to discuss easily ideas with one another without hesitation, and foster a sense of confidence among all of the members of the team.
As the team leader, creating “purposeful” conversations centered on team issues are symbolic in that you are setting the stage for what is an appropriate way to express thoughts and ideas in an open and respectful manner. If you create a team culture in which teammates solve problems together without unnecessary conflict or without always having to have the team leader intercede, everyone can concentrate on the actual mission and vision of the organization.
Here are some recommendations on how to create a team culture of confidence and communication:
1. Recruit team members that already embody the ideals of your organization’s culture.
2. Purposefully match team members on projects so they can experience “wins” together for good progress.
3. Hold regular team-building exercises during team meetings in order to demonstrate important team lessons. (Don’t simply have ice-breakers or other exercises just for the sake of having an activity; have a real purpose behind it.)
4. Be a role model for your team. Always be positive (but not fake), and speak well of your team everywhere you go.
5. Make it fun! It’s not all about work. Take your team on a fun outing in order to spend social time with one another.
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How are you inspiring confidence among your team members?