The importance of managing your team effectively

by | Nov 2, 2023 | General, Leadership, Management Courses

As a manager, you must be able to lead and direct a team in order to effectively complete tasks and common goals. 

To keep everyone productive and organised, you must be skilled in creative thinking, communication, empathetic listening, goal setting, and cultivating a positive culture. This is where managing a team effectively can be of great importance.

What will an excellent manager do?

An excellent manager also makes time to listen to and act on employee feedback as needed, to lead by example—whether that’s through demonstrating a healthy work-life balance or completing tasks on time—and to be open about their own work challenges and how they plan to address them.

While no single metric or leadership skill defines a great team manager, there are several defining characteristics of a well-functioning team that demonstrate strong leadership.

What characteristics will well functioning teams demonstrate?

Well-functioning teams demonstrate the following characteristics.

  • Purpose – Team members feel pride because they understand why the team exists and are personally invested in the team’s mission and goals. In a sense, they become owners and want to give their all.
  • Roles – Members who are self-assured in their roles in completing tasks; and when they need to delegate certain tasks to more skilled members of the team without feeling as if they have lost their place in the process.
  • Decisions – Lines of authority and decision-making are well defined. While the team may propose solutions to the problem, they will be aware of who will make the final call.
  • Conflict – Is handled openly and is considered important to decision-making and personal growth.
  • Personal traits – Members believe that their distinct personalities and skills are valued and used. Nothing is more upsetting to a team member than having the solution to an issue but not being given credit for it.
  • Effectiveness – Team meetings are effective and efficient, and members enjoy spending time together. The management and anyone who is obliged to conduct a meeting are in charge of this.
  • Success – When the team is successful, it must be made clear to all members. The manager ensures that all team members share in the success equally and proudly.
  • Training – Team members should be given the chance to update their skills, and they should then take advantage of these opportunities.

What other advantages are there to managing your team effectively?

Aside from creating a positive work environment and ensuring that all team members are aligned with the team and organisational goals, the practice has other advantages.

Happier employees – You can ensure that employees are happy where they work, as this can have a positive impact on the company’s success.

More productive employees – You can create a culture in which employees thrive

Reduce employee turnover – Turnover is a costly problem. You can focus on hiring the right people.

When companies effectively manage teams and employees feel happy and valued, their market value and financial performance can increase, employee retention levels can rise, customer service quality often improves, and customers become more loyal as a result.

Keep an eye out for the next blog! Katie Adams will share her expertise and provide advice on how to manage your team effectively. If you have any questions about this topic or wish to get more support on managing your team, please contact us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help

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