How you lead has an unavoidable, far-reaching, and sometimes unwieldy influence on your team’s success. In fact, when you look back after a project’s completion, you might be able to trace the achievement or the failure back to the norms and expectations you set for your team.
At the same time, it can be tough to know how to manage a group, especially when you’re starting a new time or working in company culture that doesn’t foster team or leadership development. With that in mind, Switch & Shift tapped the Young Entrepreneur’s Council for their best tips on starting a new team. Here are three of the best.
Get other leaders on board
Manpreet Singh of TalkLocal, recommends assembling a team that is made up of people who are as capable of leading as you—but believe in your vision and trust you. “What’s exciting about leading a new team is that you become one leader of many,” he says. Those who trust you “will stand behind you, but that doesn’t make them followers.”
Trust your people
“It doesn’t sound rebellious to trust your staff, but when compared to other company officers, it begins to sound very radical,” says Brandon Stapper of 858 Graphics. “This is partly instinct and partly my attempt to imitate the manager I admired most on the way up. She worked so hard that everyone else was scared to fall behind, so they worked hard to keep up. She led by example but understood individuality.”
Start from a position of trust that your team will work hard and well. Assume good intention, and address problems from that mindset—that they want to perform at their best but can’t figure it out (yet).
Keep them accountable
“Getting people to commit to an action, then circling back to keep them accountable is the most important trait of a new team,” claims Fan Bi of Blank Label. They might not like it—count on being challenged because that is what many people do when pushed—but, says Bi, “the main thing I’ve learned about good teams running our company for the past seven years is that it starts and ends with accountability.”