Like you, I consistently consider how I can better lead my team. About a month ago, I began to ask myself four questions at the end of each week. These four questions guide many of my thoughts and actions throughout the week. They may be of help you as well.
1. Did I point my team toward the larger vision?
It is the vision that motivates, not the list of tasks that need completing. Team members need to be reminded of the vision, the reason why they push for excellence in their work. Talk about the “why” and you will find more energy and excitement as team members flesh out the “how.”
2. Did I challenge my team to do more than they thought possible?
One of the great joys of leadership is to help team members realize their full potential. Create space for risk-taking. Create space for failures. Appropriately challenge them to be who you know they can be.
3. Did I appropriately critique when needed?
There is a right and wrong way to critique. While many leaders do not enjoy this aspect of their work, it is necessary. To allow errors or actions that hinder the overall team’s success to exist is a mistake. It is a disservice to the individual and to the team.
4. Did I celebrate my team’s successes?
Publicly and privately, recognize when successes occur on your team. Give you leaders room to celebrate with their team members. Try to create an environment where the team feels appreciated for their hard work.
Note from Bob: Celebration, just might be one of the most under utilized tools in most leaders toolbox. When is the last time you you took time with your team to celebrate their success? Might that be too long ago?
Art Rainer is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the cofounder of Rainer Publishing. He has written two books, Raising Dad and Simple Life and lives with his wife Sarah and two sons in Wake Forest, North Carolina. You can connect with Art on his website: ArtRainer.com or on LinkedIn or Twitter