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How can you take your team to the next level?

Posted James Hawley, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Managing a teamImprove your managerial effectiveness to drive the success of your people.

A new project can mean having to hire new team members to carry out the work.  Often a team gels from the offset but sometimes a new group may need you to take action to get all individuals working effectively. Take a manager health check to make sure you’re doing everything to drive your team to delivering the best results.

Conduct regular performance reviews
Be sure to book in regular one-on-one meetings with each of your team members. Whether it’s an official sit-down meeting or a more casual update over coffee. This valuable face time gives them a chance to air any grievances or share their ideas, both of which make people feel valued. You also get a really good view of what’s happening, away from the hustle and bustle of the project. Getting an understanding of how each of your team like to operate will help you to steer the team in the right direction.

Are you communicating effectively with everyone?

Part of being a great leader is being able to look at your own behaviors objectively and determine if your communication style is the right match for the person you’re speaking with. Some people are visual learners and so often understand instruction better by seeing plans mapped out. Others want to take action straight away, so are more effective when working on smaller executable sections of the project, rather than needing to understand the ‘big picture.’ For more tailored learning to support your specific needs, consider taking part in a communication training session, such as those held by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Leading versus micro-managing

Micro managing can be a major deterrent to staff. A strong leader shouldn’t be afraid of someone trying but failing, when their goal is to achieve success. Test your delegation skills and empower your people with tasks based on their individual strengths and recognize those who are successful taking on more work. With the additional responsibility, your workers are more likely to feel like a valued member of the team, which will impact their productivity positively. Delegating will also highlight those that might need additional support or who are just not suited to taking on a more senior role.

Overall, working in an environment where there is trust between the manager and the team leads to  a more positive culture and helps boosts productivity.

Tackling leadership communication styles helps improve employee retention, engagement and builds your management EQ (emotional intelligence) – get more advice from leaders within Hays now or talk with an expert today.

Find out more about James Hawley
, Executive Vice President, an expert in Construction & Property.

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