A good team leader can inspire you to great achievement, while a bad one can be thoroughly de-motivating and make your life a living hell. The qualities most often associated with good team leaders include fairness, concern for others, supportiveness, consistency, and the ability to inspire workers to deliver their best.
You must understand that team leaders are also under pressure to perform effectively. They look upon their team members to cooperate and help in achieving the targets. The success of your efforts depends greatly on the way you deal with your team leader.
You can and should help your team leader achieve success and improve the team. You should play an active role in defining your role and what is required to become a highly efficient team member. Admittedly, I am suggesting that you act and think like a leader, by anticipating their needs. Don’t do this in a vacuum, but keep your team leader informed so that you have a good and effective working relationship.
The following suggestions will be helpful:
Manage your performance – All of us struggle to get all of the work done on time and successfully complete our projects. To successfully handle your workload within the given time frame, you will need to organize and plan to gain at least some control. One of the most effective things you can do is to prioritize because everything is urgent. Identify “time guzzlers” and correct non-productive work habits.
Take some control – To the extent possible attempt to resolve some problems yourself, in your team leader’s absence. As you successfully resolve problems that are within your purview and scope your will build influence and confidence. This broadening the scope of your role and taking greater responsibility.
Manage the pressure – As you show more initiative you will receive more varied assignments. The key here is that you must be able to say “no” politely. One way to achieve this, is to discuss what you understand to be your priorities so you and your team leader can agree what tasks or projects to downgrade so you can accommodate the new assignments.
Manage the emotions – It is very important to control your emotions at work, but at times this can be extremely difficult. You may not agree with certain actions or decisions taken by your team leader. Try to discuss this in a rational and calm manner.
Awareness of style – To work well with your team leader, try to understand their style of leadership and management. Determine what your team leader expects so you can fulfill their expectations and even anticipate what they will ask for next. If he or she is a talkative type, they probably prefer verbal communication. On the other hand, if he or she continually sends you memos and written reports, that may be a signal that they would appreciate the same from you.
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