One of the key things that can gauge how effective a leader is would be his team’s performance. This is one of the truer measures of how good a leader you are. Another would be the employees’ work attitude, their satisfaction with their work-life balance, their sense of teamwork and their ability to come together for one common goal. A good leader can effectively motivate his team into doing the best possible job that they can, and he does this through great coaching, or mentoring. Leaders who coach well have very good interpersonal skills. That, however, is easier said than done.
A good coach knows when to push and when to pull. To be a good coach, you must know first what your employees’ buttons are. You kneed to know what motivates them, what makes them passionate for work. Is it recognition? Is it the promise of a performance bonus? Or is it simply the satisfaction they get from doing a job well, and completing a project? You should also know what factors de-motivate your people – these may be the long hours, their lack of interest in their work, or even a personal problem with their supervisor.
The bottom-line is, before you even get to coach your team, learn their individual strengths and weaknesses. Sit them down, have informal chats with them. Evaluate their life situations and see where their work fits into that. Once you know which buttons to press and which not to, it then boils down to a matter of timing.
Good coaches are team-centric. They always operate for the greater good of the team. Disagreements between individual team members should be dealt with immediately, as any kind of conflict within the team will only result in a lack of focus for the team members – and you will not get the job done. Learn not to take sides. Hear both arguments out, and explain the logic to them. Your people must understand that if they cannot work together as a team, then there is no way that you will get the job done. Build a sense of camaraderie in the team – point them towards a single, shared goal.
Good coaches lead by example. Learn to set an example for your team, and show them how you work. If you are confident that you are able to work to the best of your ability, let them learn by example. They will eventually understand that your way is a good way of doing things. At this point, you must also ask them if there is anything they can suggest to improve the team’s performance. Always instill in their minds that this is never a one-man show. This is a team effort, and although you are the coach, their inputs and suggestions make up 50% of the ballgame. Again, this is going to result in more involvement on their part.
When people feel that they are an active, contributing member in a team, they feel motivated because they are a part of something. It is this motivation and self-drive that will catapult you and your team to success.