Managing a team is not always as easy as it sounds. It is a rewarding role that can sometimes be complicated. Working in a team also means knowing how to manage delicate situations, in order to ensure a good cohesion between collaborators.
The main factors that contribute to poor team cohesion are:
– Unavailability: this is an understandable but frustrating reason for your colleagues. Being a manager requires a lot of effort, especially when it comes to communicating with your teammates. A manager who is too unavailable to answer questions from his team, when they are intelligently asked, leads to demotivation. Learning to manage time better and to make yourself available is essential to obtain quality work.
– Disorganization: in order to lead, you must already know how to organize yourself at the risk of leading your team into poor work management. Disorganization is the cause of poor work and efficiency. In order to maintain optimal productivity, make sure that everything is clear and precise, even if it means setting up a new form of organization if necessary.
– Lack of communication: It is no surprise that communication is essential within a team. Each person is different, so it is important to be adaptable. Even in the case of conflict, respect must always prevail. Of course, being a good communicator won’t solve all problems, but it will help to temporize conflicts and understand their causes. Only by doing this, solutions can be found.
– Lack of tact: this is related to the point of communication. Communicating is important, but you have to know how to do it in the right way.In the professional and personal sphere, it is important to be honest and to say it when something is wrong. However, as each person has different reactions, the challenge is to know how the subject will be approached. It is a work that is done beforehand, and that allows to avoid misunderstandings in conflict situations.
– Stress: many people let themselves be overwhelmed by stress. The difference is that as a manager, it will impact your teammates. Stress is contagious, and it does not allow you to work in an environment conducive to good productivity. It is therefore essential to work on this point by limiting it or by not showing it.
Furthermore, you should not hesitate to ask for help if you feel the need, because even a manager is likely to need it.
Leading a team requires a lot of effort and investment. Some skills are acquired over time while others depend on your soft skills. The key is to use your team’s strengths and limit its weaknesses by doing the right thing.