The lack of communication is one of the main aspects that are pointed out by professionals for demotivate and loss of focus of a team, which consequently will decrease performance.
All teams need someone to lead and provide guidance, so that everyone is oriented towards efficiency and success. Not only as individual professionals, but also as a team.
What is a leader?
It is still common to perceive a leader as. someone with a higher position in the company, who sometimes has no communication with many of the employees of that same company. In smaller companies there is always a greater possibility and probability of creating more proximity to each employee, which is totally beneficial for everyone. In medium and large companies, it becomes much more difficult to reach all employees unanimously.
However, there are some tips that may allow us, even in larger companies, to be recognized as good leaders.
We speak here of someone who is capable of:
- • Guide
- • Organize
- • Manage
- • Motivate
Although not all of these skills may always be present in an individual leader, leadership needs to have certain characteristics imperatively:
- • Know how to hear
- • Know how to speak
- • Know how to guide the team
- • Have quick decision-making capabilities
- • Be flexible to the needs of others
Being the leader of a company is a position with an increased responsibility, not only for the decision-making process, but also for influence. For business leaders, it is essential to transmit confidence internally to the teams.
In this article, we talk about how we can do this, with the use of effective communication. It is common to hear that there are differences between a boss and a leader.
Before knowing how to give orders, it is necessary to know how to set an example, motivating the team through open communication and empathy.
What we understand today as a leader goes far beyond that which is the traditional boss. The rigid hierarchy, in which access to superiors within a company creates obstacles due to the idea of authority, and often even austerity, becomes an increasingly distant reality.
This should be the person responsible for motivating teams in order to achieve results. It is crucial that the leader is someone who can makes others quickly understand the vision and the goals of the company.
The leader must set an example in everything, as his behavior and attitudes will be reflected in the employees’ behaviors and attitudes. The leader must also be someone capable of guiding the teams´ work, providing best practices. Beyond the importance of having trust in his team, the leader should be sensitive to the needs and particularities of each member of the team.
Here it is important to consider openness to and with each member of the team:
- • Request opinions
- • Request suggestions
- • Make debates
- • Accept others points of view
- • Promote communication between each team member
- • The example of resilience and perseverance must be set.
Good leadership and team retention
It has been proven that happiness is directly linked to the balance we have in our professional life. Sometimes, excellent professionals change companies due to not feeling fulfilled with the value or merit for their work.
Currently, market competition facilitates the transition between companies, and professionals choose institutions in which they feel comfortable with the aspect of accessibility to other employees and superiors, as well as feeling valued.
A company has a lot of expenses with a new employee, both in terms of financial resources, but also in terms of time: new employees need to be trained, and before they can actively contribute to the company, they will be mostly an expense. Hence, the ability to retain employees and create a strong team depends on good leadership. Studies show that leadership, whether by the company’s CEO, or by team managers, depends on effective and equal communication with employees. The message of a good leader must be, in the first place, honest, and its greatest characteristic must be the empathic character.
There must be honesty regarding the company’s situation. More difficult phases, where sales are decreasing, should be communicated honestly, so that each member of the team can individually perceive the need for greater individual effort. On the other hand, in order to achieve success, each professional should be distinguished individually for his contribution.