A functioning team is a team that forms a unit or each member works to achieve common objectives. However, this does not happen spontaneously. For a group of people to work well together, a leader is needed to coordinate and create this environment.
1. The communication
In team management, communication represents 90% of the time. It is essential that the leader is able to effectively communicate his vision, ideas, objectives and problems.
Communication is a vast subject that is difficult to address from a general perspective. To start, you can improve your public communication skills. For example, customer presentations, meetings, etc. This will help you gain confidence and learn to communicate ideas easily and clearly.
2. The leadership
Leadership is the buzzword in the business world and in particular in project management. However, it is a necessary skill for those who lead a team.
If you are able to manage, you will be able to achieve your objectives. To develop your leadership skills, you can find an experienced mentor to guide you along the way, but also, nowadays, there are many resources on the Internet.
3. Team management
In addition to working on the strategic part, the team manager must also focus on the operational side.
A good manager must be able to coordinate people, promote teamwork, delegate tasks, solve problems, define objectives and evaluate everyone’s performance. A manager must be able to inspire others to walk beside him.
4. The negotiation process
This competence goes hand in hand with communication. Negotiating resources, budgets, schedules, agreements and ensuring that all parties are satisfied is the key to team cohesion.
5. The organization
Have you ever heard that you can’t give what you don’t have? If you are not able to organize your own work, how will you manage with a team? Becoming methodical is essential and will immediately improve your managerial skills.
There are many methods that can be easily applied to improve your organization: lists, weekly organizers etc.
Find the right method for you, once defined, organize it.
6. Risk Management
Anticipating problems will increase the chances of success of a project. Experience, in this case, helps a lot. However, you must also learn to be methodical and analyze all the steps.
The work of managing a team is demanding, it requires a wide range of skills that must be developed and learned to use on a daily basis.
With these, you will have every chance to lead your team where you want!