Are you familiar with those Chicago Bulls of the ’90s? They took home six NBA championships in the span of eight seasons. When asked by the majority of people which leader of the team was, they answer by quoting Michael Jordan. However, this isn’t the case. In reality, Phil Jackson was the coach as well as the team’s official leader.
Everyone knows that every company has an executive, and that isn’t always the person who is in the position of management. Everyone is eager to be a part of a successful venture. However, not everyone is ready to take the initiative and take charge.
While the process of taking on the role of a leader is not complicated, however, taking on the responsibility of people as well as the project’s achievement or failure of a project is not. One of the main reasons that people take their first leadership role is that they know the job of the task well. But, this doesn’t necessarily translate into learning how to lead people—one of the main reasons why failures of leaders are their inability to communicate effectively with others.
Here are some tips and suggestions to keep in mind when being the leader of an assignment or project.
1. Be invisible
When you’re taking responsibility for more, there may be people on your team who don’t think you’re qualified to lead this job. If you’re not visible and discreet in your actions, the whole team will view yourself as the one who is teaching, without saying you’re the one who is leading. One way to make sure this happens is to solicit everyone’s thoughts and ideas, then work together to develop an approach.
2. Share the success of all
Bear Bryant used to say, “If anything goes wrong, I took care of it. If everything goes well, we’ve done it; If everything goes as planned, you’ve got it.” Be aware that the primary aim is to see the project be successful, and the team will succeed. Like Marriott’s, Ray Warren talked about in my article “How to keep your employees motivated,” good leadership teams always lookout for emerging leaders. In helping your team achieve success, you will be successful.
3. Use Everyone’s Strengths
If everyone in the team were of the same abilities, The team would be around in circles, and projects would stall. Spend time getting to know the team members, find out their interests and what activities they “enjoy” doing, and work to make sure that they are able to complement their abilities.
4. Take the role of mediator.
The chance that all members of the team will be in agreement with everybody at all times is almost nonexistent. Different opinions can be of great benefit to the group. Be open to new ideas, and if opposing viewpoints occur (and they are likely to), you can facilitate discussions and discussions to keep the project moving forward. This results in the team setting up new goals and objectives via debate and discussion, and you’ve seen as the person who decides and leader.
5. As the mediator
Be aware that you’re not an official “supervisor” on this group, and therefore you are not able to assign an employee to the basis of a performance program or give an unsatisfactory annual report. The options you have are more than the fact that… it is your responsibility to can inspire to recognize and congratulate employees on making them desire to achieve. It’s been said that you can devour an elephant one bite at a time. So, you should take this idea and break your task or project into a number of smaller parts with realistic deadlines. When someone meets their deadline, you praise them. Naturally, you’d think similarly in the event that your entire team meets their targets as well.
One of the most important ways to grow as a future leader is to offer your time to new assignments and tasks. It accomplishes two things:
It can help you improve and grow personally and professionally.
It allows you to be noticed by management when an opportunity to lead becomes available; they will take you into consideration.
There’s a saying that has been around for ages “All good things happen to those who sit.” It’s my pleasure to add an additional phrase to this saying “But only the things left by the people who hustled.”