Does teamwork and collaboration characterize your approach to managing and leading? Are you able to get your team members to contribute at levels you deem effective and desirable?  The best managers and leaders do.  Here are a few tips from their playbook:

  • Set stretch goals – individual and team. Regularly, discuss progress, challenges and opportunities.
  • Create a high-standards, no excuses climate wherein respect, open communication, and personal accountability are the norm.
  • Coach the team. Help the team self-assess, identifying successes, impact and what they agree to do differently, going forward.
  • Provide employees with constructive feedback. First, focus on demonstrated strengths and positive impact. Then, offer feed forward – a suggestion or two for improvement, going forward.

Remember, as the leader, your behavior sets the tone, so check yourself. Are you setting a good example?


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