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Are you balancing Teamwork through Leadership?

We all have a quality to abide by, in a corporate, which is Team Work. This quality helps from a junior until the manager level. In fact, the team members in themselves stay motivated too. Also, teamwork has a major role in the successful execution of projects and delivery of them to the clients, who always expect high-quality projects in unmanageable short times. In such scenarios, handling the projects with the right set of resources is an absolute must.

Then there comes the role of leader, where he has to identify the right set of people to propel the projects in the right direction and ensure timely delivery. In addition, managerial skills with proper technical guidance determine a manager’s caliber in handling projects. In order to motivate people, managers use inspirational words and sometimes, express that the selected team member is the only person who can complete that task. This could inspire the team member and complete the task at a rapid pace.

So far so good!

As similar instances repeat in the long run, successful leaders differentiate themselves from others in the above aspect.

Let’s consider you do not have any options in selecting the right people for a specific task. In such a case, you selected one team member randomly and motivated him to finish the task in the above-specified manner. Even though it is random for the senior, every team member expects himself to be that random pick, so that he could learn and grow. Good leaders pick team members wisely so that everyone is learning in different instances, in spite of not having the skill-set before.

Some seniors, even though do not possess the right skill set in their team, pick only a few team members repeatedly. The senior could be comfortable or consider them to be more adaptable, and fast-learning. However, the inability to rotate team members in teaching new work, for whatever reason, brings in negativity in other team members. As this approach is followed multiple times, the negativity piles up on other team members, leading them to tag the manager as biased to the preferred ones.

Even though the above scenario looks motivational and leads to positive results, the approach could be detrimental in the long run.

So, whether you have options in selecting the right team members or not, make sure you are motivating the team members in the right spirit. When such multiple instances occur, give the opportunity to different team members which would further help to align the team members with the team’s goals. After each instance, explain the initiatives taken by you and the expectations to be achieved by the team member.

All these situations are a bit complex in terms of management, and a balance between the needs of your team members is important.

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