During the month of June, I’ve been posting about Team and the various components that make teams successful. After an overview of teams, I touched on clear communication, followed by mutual respect. Today in the final session on this theme, I’m addressing Leadership.

Video transcript:

Hello, welcome to the next video blog for CHC consulting. I’m Sue Carr CEO.

During the month of June, I’ve been posting about Team and the various components that make teams successful. After an overview of teams, I touched on clear communication, followed by mutual respect. Today in the final session on this theme, I’m addressing Leadership.

Leadership is a topic I have covered in past blogs and will likely cover again in future topics as it is a large and complex topic but, for today, I’ll be touching on few key points as it relates to the theme of teams. These being: building relationships, mentoring, and dependability.

Building relationships:

Good leaders are good connectors. They are able to build and grow relationship within the team and in connecting teams. It doesn’t stop there. Great leaders build relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the organization.

The success of the team is dependent on a solid foundation of connection between team members, including the leader. Each member provides a vital piece to the team that in turn provides a vital piece to the larger group. Knowing the relationships or how all the pieces fit together is the perspective provided by the leader.

Building relationships also involves identifying and addressing barriers and potential barriers to the effective functioning of the team. The leader has to know what each member is doing and where processes can get stuck. This is where the relationships inside and outside the organization can be useful.

Having good relationships with people will result in their willingness to put in the extra effort when needed to achieve the goals and objectives. Building good will and having positive relationships are important elements that separate good leaders from great ones.

Mentoring:

This leads to mentoring. Mentoring is helping people learn to solve their own problems and build their skills to be successful. Helping the team or its members identify barriers or challenges and what might be useful to resolve the challenges.

Mentoring involves elements of empathy and emotional intelligence along with the ability to teach and coach people to move forward in their professional growth. Mentoring encourages people to see things in a new way and be creative in developing solutions for themselves, their team, or the whole organization.

Mentoring doesn’t mean you have all the answers, but that you believe the answers are out there. Your role as a leader is to help people find their solutions.

All leaders should be looking to see how to grow and develop their team as a whole and the individuals that make up the team. Mentoring and supporting  professional growth helps your team feel valued and confident to step up and push themselves to achieve the next level. Opportunity for growth and development is one of the pillars of the National Standards for Psychological Health and Safety.

Dependability (and integrity):

Team members need their leader to be dependable and predictable. This means providing direction and support that is based on consistent principles and sticking to these overriding principles in all situations.  This is often referred to as integrity. Your team needs to know decisions are made fairly and based on consistent principles.

Especially during these challenging times as we start to bring our teams back to a common workplace or struggle to remain connected in a virtual world, there is a need to have some things solid and dependable.  The more stability and predictability leaders can provide during our rebuilding and reopening the more successful they will be.

How leaders lead now will have lasting impact on the organization. Now, more than ever, leaders need to build or rebuild relationships, mentor their team to grow, and provide the dependability based on strong integrity to succeed.

For more information on leadership, please check out some of my past blogs on this topic and contact Community Healthcare Consulting by email at: communityhealthconsult@bell.net to set up a time to discussion your organization or visit our website at www.communityhealthcareconsulting.ca

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