A good team also needs a team leader

A good team also needs a team leader. By word and by example, a team leader gets the most from the other members of the team, influencing, guiding, inspiring – all of which affects their motivation in positive ways. A team leader is every bit as important to the success of a team as the manager – maybe more so. You should be the leader of your team.

To be an effective manager, you need to do all these things. And when you do them you’ll start to be not just a manager, but a leader.

The manager of a baseball team decides who plays and who sits on the bench, he makes out the line up, and he determines strategy. Then it’s up to the players to make the plays and carry out the strategy.

Leaders don’t push, they pull. That means you have to be out in front.

Leaders don’t coerce, they persuade. That means you have to talk with, not just to, your team-mates.

Your authority doesn’t come from the job title. It comes from the people you work with. They decide to follow you because they want to go in the sale direction you’re going, and you seem to know how to get there.

The leader coaches, teaches, demonstrates, urges, coaxes-does anything and everything necessary to help the other perform up to and sometimes every beyond their capacities.

The team leader explains the goal and the steps needed to reach that goal. Effective team leaders don’t just talk it; they demonstrate, correct, encourage, and exhort every step of the way. Then they stay on the sideline and let the players play the game.

Being a team leader is a tall order. But leadership actually takes less time and energy than being a boss-while boosting productivity and morale. Imagine the difference in your motivation working for a boss compared to working with a team leader.

The Team leader wins or loses with the team. The success of the leader is tied to the success of the team.

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