Effective Team Management Starts with these Four Skills

There are tons of adages around teamwork. Teamwork makes the dream work. There’s no “I” in team. Or Michael Jordan famous saying, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

Leading a team can be exciting, inspiring, exhilarating, exhausting, and sometimes draining all at the same time. But in the end, definitely rewarding. We’ve gathered four essential skills that leaders can implement when it comes to strengthening team management skills.

Team management and the importance

Effective team management essentially refers to the activities that bind a team together. Whether that’s striving for the same goal, overcoming obstacles together, or celebrating together — that’s team management.  

So, why is it important? For many organizations, effective team management yields some of the best internal and external benefits.

  • Promotion of a unified approach to leadership within a team, especially
  • Easier to solve problems through analytical thinking skills
  • Encouragement of open communication between managers and team members
  • Assurance that managers and peers are working toward a clearly defined goal
  • Outlined expectations for their team members and their roles

Prioritize transparency

A transparent workplace can help employees feel more connected and encourage creativity and accountability. Practicing transparency through open and consistent communication allows your team members to feel a sense of respect that is important for overall job satisfaction and productivity.

This can also help your team members have more confidence when it comes to contributing ideas and solutions to the workplace, which can ultimately benefit everyone involved.

Promote a positive culture

Whether you're in tech or business, work can many times be taxing. However, according to Harvard Business Review study, fostering a caring, inspiring, and compassionate culture led to remarkably positive effect on productivity.

Part of those characteristics includes maintaining respect and showing support for one another. Creating a culture of happiness within the workspace does happen overnight. In the study, researchers compiled these major principles that build team management skills:

  • Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibilities
  • Providing support for one another
  • Avoiding blame and forgiving mistakes
  • Inspiring one another at work
  • Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work
  • Treating one another with respect and integrity

Keep communicating

It's no secret that communication is the key, nay the foundation, of effective team management. When creating a basis of a productive team, keep the communication flowing. To be specific, foster an environment where peers feel empowered to give and receive feedback.

The idea here is to make team members feel confident to voice concerns and communicate with one another. And for those working remotely, scheduling times for one-on-one or special feedback sessions are vital in communicating in an open and honest way.

Encourage team collaboration

Last but no least, team collaboration will solidify that positive environment that you're trying to build. Team management skills are just about adhering to a certain process but allowing team members to interact with one another on projects or tasks.

Team collaboration doesn't always have to be within one department. Encouraging cross-functional collaboration allows peers to come to each other when facing roadblocks, be open about their struggles, or even find creative solutions together.

While working independently is vital for one's career, many times nudging others to come together leads to productive meetings and overall happier times for all those involved. That way, team members can jump in to collaborate wherever they feel they can bring value. And who doesn't want happier employees?

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