A team leader will always have their own way of leading their team, but a true team leader is someone who doesn’t always plan to lead.
Well, it is quite simple when you think about it!
Let’s say you are a team leader, leading a team of five. The real question is not where you see yourself in five years. It is where you see your teammates in five years.
Are you prepared to answer this question?
According to Executive Leadership Development, a team leader who is planning to lead their team with diligence will always wish to see their teammates in leadership positions as well. Because if you are just leading the same group for the next five years, where is the growth?
Neither have you grown as a team leader nor did they have any growth as they are practically stuck in the same place.
As a team leader, it is your responsibility to ensure growth for your teammates as well.
Why Is It More Important To Be A Mentor?
Whenever we ask someone who has been in the corporate world for more than ten years, we will find them saying one thing.
They want to become a mentor and not a boss, and we have found out some of the reasons behind this thought process.
– It is not just good for the employee but great for the organization when more effort is put into incorporating new skills rather than just plain getting the work done. This makes the foundation strong and gives the employees opportunities to venture into their hidden skills.
– The growth of an employee determines the overall growth of the company. This is a growth that only a mentor can provide with their expert teaching. In addition, employees get to know about their capabilities that they were not sure of.
– A mentor will deeply understand the employee’s problem rather than casting it aside for the sake of the work. This is because a mentor understands that high-quality work only comes with a mind with nothing to worry about.
– A mentor doesn’t boss around; rather, he/she is happy creating other leaders. We know teaching how to do things is always better than bossing around and ordering to do things. If you are only ordering and showing how to do things correctly, you can’t expect the work to be done to your expectations.
Ways To Turn Your Good Employees Into Great Team Leaders
Here are some of how you can induce leadership skills in all your good employees. It is high time that you teach them to think differently. Rather than just thinking about their own growth, they should start thinking about the organization’s growth.
Way – 1: Encourage Everyone To Build A Network!
Networking, or building relationships with another peer in the market, is definitely quite fun. But, it can also be quite essential for an individual’s and their organization’s growth. So, we’ll ask you to begin networking during lunchtime or at an after-work event.
This way, you can teach them how to forge a powerful connection or two in the industry and act confidently. And, they’ll also be able to raise their reputation in the industry perfectly.
While you are encouraging your team members to build their network by effectively communicating their thoughts, you must be the initiator. Being a junior, they might not have the courage to raise a conversation in front of you, but if you do so, they will feel comfortable in placing their thoughts on the table.
Way – 2: Offer The Right Experience!
As a manager, you probably have to dole out almost each and every project on your own. But, instead of making so much effort, why don’t you try giving some of your responsibilities to the potential team leaders? It can help them improve their management skills to some extent.
Besides, as they have to work on a deadline, it’ll improve their overall time management skill sets massively as well. Also, they’ll have to run meetings and all, which will boost their overall experience even more.
As a team leader, you will be considered successful only when you are able to craft team leaders from the team members. Giving the opportunity to explore their leadership skills is one way to do so.
Way – 3: Be A Mentor, Not A Ruler!
Becoming a leader in a single day or a week isn’t possible. Instead, it’ll take individuals years to garner the necessary skills. And, they’ll need you as a mentor standing right beside them.
So, in this aspect, being patient will be key for you. You’ll also need to talk to them daily and let them know where they’re making mistakes.
Finally, you’ll need to tell them about the necessary management skills. Remember, you are there as a mentor, so guide them and not just boss them around on their mistakes. If they are making mistakes, offer your helping hand and help them mend those mistakes.
Way – 4: Instill The Ownership Mentality In Them!
A leader will always require an ownership mentality in them. Otherwise, they’ll be unable to understand the importance of a project or something alone. This, in turn, may also make it impossible for them to handle their team’s emotions accordingly.
Instilling an ownership mentality within your employees must always begin with giving them some authority. Also, the sense of trust has to be there as well. Even if they make a mistake, you should still encourage them and tell them about how they can rectify the same.
Ownership mentality doesn’t come with simply saying that the project belongs to them. Give them the projects and let them do what needs to be done. Obser them and when they derail from their objective, guide them.
Leaders are not born but rather made, and if they get the right platform, they will be able to hone their skills. All they need is the right mentor and the right motivation. Give them the stage, and they will shine!