As a manager, your job becomes easier when your team can operate at its best. Facilitating that synergy, however, can often seem elusive. That level of teamwork doesn’t just happen by chance – It’s carefully crafted by great leadership. Effectively leading your team relies on how well you are able to bring out the full potential of each crew member, and your ability to empower those around you to take on more responsibility.

If you’re unsure of how to get from point A to point B, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The truth is, maximizing your team’s performance and solving management issues takes time and patience. Here are seven strategies to get you started:

1. Encourage Face-to-Face Interactions

Have you ever spent weeks emailing a team member, never to speak to them face-to-face? It creates a social barrier with fellow coworkers, and can bring with it management issues as accountability falls through the cracks.

Familiarity brings with it loyalty and ownership of responsibilities – two factors that are hard to achieve without some face-to-face interaction between difference makers. Make it a priority to encourage employees to meet face-to-face as often as possible. Whether that is in person, or in today’s day and age, via video conference, it’s always a good idea to nurture professional relationships amongst your teammates.

2. Monitor, Not Micromanage

As a manager, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of trouble by simply giving your team members a little space. Studies have shown that micromanaging employees can actually lead to decreased performance. Conversely, it’s also important to acknowledge the need for supervision of some sort so as to find the right balance between empowerment and oversight. A good rule of thumb would be to monitor your employees without micromanaging.

Regularly scheduling manager check-ins can be a great way to recognize successes, understand how your team members are doing, and create safe environments where you can problem-solve issues.

3. Welcome Bad News

Another major factor when it comes to workplace performance is how comfortable your team members are with stepping forward with bad news. Creating an environment where employees can feel secure when delivering not-so-great news will vastly improve your response times to issues that may have otherwise been overlooked.

It’s often stressful for employees to muster up the courage to break bad news to their superiors. Let’s face it – nobody likes to admit something is wrong. But the faster you are able to identify and evaluate a problem, the sooner it can get solved. Facilitate this by being strategic in how you respond to bad news. Show appreciation for the information and find constructive ways to address the task at hand.

4. Define Expectations

Defining expectations also helps alleviate managerial issues. This proactive approach involves getting everyone on the same page early on so that you can avoid mistakes later on.

Making sure your team knows what is expected of them before they begin any project is just half the work, however. The other half relies on setting clear and measurable goals and celebrating progress. A motivated team is a high-performing one, and defining expectations is a step in the right direction.

5. Emphasize Clarity

It’s not only about making sure your employees hear your expectations, but also have them fully understand what they mean. Emphasizing clarity turns your words into clear directions that don’t leave room for interpretation.

Instead of assuming that everyone in the room knows what you are talking about, explain concepts in more depth and discuss them with your audience. This will ensure that everyone understands what they need to do, and will help managers avoid unnecessary issues rooted in poor communication.6.

6. Honesty First

A lot of the tips we’ve established have had to do with managing your employees to act in a certain way. Number six on our list, however, is all about enabling trust between you and the rest of your team. You do this by being honest with staff every step of the way.

In order for your employees to trust you as a leader, you’ll need to show them you’re someone worth trusting. Improve the bond you have with others by prioritizing transparency and putting honesty first. They’ll take notice and appreciate the fact that you’re a reliable ally that only wants what’s best for them.

7. Build the Right Team

You’re only as strong as the team you build around you, and as a leader, it’s your responsibility to assemble the right personnel so that you function like a well-oiled machine. Take into account the team members you already have, as well as their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.

Position your search for new hires to be geared towards finding individuals who complement your current employees’ needs. This way, you’ll be able to rely on a diverse staff made up of unique minds who can approach and solve any problem that’s thrown at them.

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