Successful women in business and life have various methods of direction across a myriad of organizations. But, they all have some powerful lessons on leadership to teach us when it comes to building a team. Whatever your business, being surrounded by a supportive team is crucial.
Here are 6 ways successful women build an awesome and supportive team:
They Participate With Their Teams And Enable Them To Succeed
“Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” Mary D. Poole, Author
You do not build a great team through dictatorship. Women leaders in the know understand that they must empower their teams in any way they can in order for them to succeed. Great leaders set their teams up for success. When you work with and participate with your team, you gain understanding into what is working and what needs to change.
Serve Their Teams And Celebrate Their Individuality And Talents
“We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.” Mary Kay Ash, Founder Of Mary Kay Ash Cosmetics
Taking it a step further, aside from enabling your team to succeed you must treat each member as an essential and valuable asset to your business. Honor, serve and support each one in every way you can. Remember, there are many places the members of your team could choose to work. Honor their choice to work with you by valuing them.
They Exhibit The Behaviors And Values They Want To See
“As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” Himanshu Bhatia, Rose International Inc.
As a team builder and leader, you are responsible for being the example you want to be followed. If you want your team to value their contribution and work hard at it, set the example. If you want your team to treat each other with respect, show them by your own actions. You set the tone. Ask yourself what tone you are setting in your business with your team, adjust your behavior accordingly.
They Provide A Purpose. The “Why” Behind Every Venture
“Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.” Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
If you want your team and business to truly succeed, you need everyone involved to understand the purpose of why your business exists. What do you wish to accomplish, who do you want your business to serve, what needs do you want your business to meet? These are the kinds of questions you need to seek the answers to and then communicate those answers effectively to your team.
They Are Authentic And Honest Not Perfectly Displayed
“Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Menlo Park, California
Your team already knows you are not perfect, so don’t try and act like you are. Every good leader knows how to be authentic and honest with her team. They know when to admit wrongs and change. They know how to listen and grow as a person. They know that their team holds valuable knowledge that they can use.
They Know That It Is Better To Lead From The Heart
“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
Great team builders know that there are real people behind their teams. That people need to be led with sincerity and openness, not restrictions. Great leaders know when to make exceptions to the rules and when to change the rules completely. They know how to hustle with heart and support their teams in a kind manner. One advantage women often have in running their businesses is that heart and gut instinct. Use it.
And most of all, when it comes to building an excellent team, women know that you lead not manage.
“You manage things; you lead people.” Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral