How Leaders Build Strong Projct Management Teams
In order to be a strong leader, it’s important to have the right people around you in the form of an equally strong team. It often seems as if the best leaders are able to mold a capable team out of even the most ragtag bunch of followers, and while this is indeed a hallmark of a great leader, it’s also not the most efficient way to conduct business. In the business setting, the leader who sets out to assemble the strongest team possible from the beginning will be many steps ahead of the game.
First of all, the goal of a leader should be to build a team that reflects his or her beliefs and goals, where everyone is invested in making sure that the group succeeds. And even though each team member will have a specific function or responsibility, everyone should be able and willing to work together as a cohesive unit to achieve certain desired results and to make sure that the team is overall successful, as a whole.
In order to build this kind of team, the leader should have a defined set of expectations in mind, both for the group as a whole as well as for each individual. These expectations can and should be personal as well as professional – by personal, this means that each member should have development goals in mind that he’d like to achieve, with the help of the backing of the team leader. Professional expectations revolve around the overarching goals of the group, whether that’s to successfully complete a project, win new work, increase revenue, or any number of other expectations that can be set. These should be well-defined, though, so each member knows what to work for.
By defining expectations and discussing them with each potential member of the team, the leader can gauge the level of enthusiasm and support that each person exhibits, and then determine who would fit best on the team. In addition to these somewhat more esoteric attributes, the leader should also make sure that each member has the skills needed for the job he or she will be required to fulfill. Some of this can be gleaned by looking at a resume, determining whether or not all the necessary skillsets are part of the team.
In addition, however, there are likely to be certain roles that each member of the team will have to play, roles that are not quite as easy to discern from a resume. These roles include the following: facilitator, negotiator, peacekeeper, etc. Every team needs different personality types, those who are detail-oriented to a fault and will keep things on track, as well as those who will urge things forward, to those who will encourage the team to take a much needed break at the necessary moments. A team composed primarily of Type A “take no prisoners” types is unlikely to succeed.
Once a team has been assembled with members who have these key attributes at hand, the work of leading to a successful completion can begin. Learn more leadership strength building techniques and gain some PDU’s.