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How to manage a small team as the best leaders do

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Own your own business or you’ve recently started a new job as a manager? 

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The ability of the team leader to manage their team can determine the team’s performance, overall success, and productivity.

In comparison to a large group, a small team presents greater problems owing to the workload and lack of staff. A wise leader understands that to achieve organisational goals, it is critical to assist the team in efficiently managing task-related stress and sustaining a close, positive culture in which everyone works together.

Effective management abilities benefit both the manager and the teams under their supervision. Managers should strive to have team management skills and seek to develop them regularly. 

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What is the significance of team management? 

Team management is crucial in the workplace, it encourages a united approach to leadership when team building is used. The right management facilitates issue solving via the use of negotiation and critical thinking.  It promotes open communication between managers and team members, as well as the importance of excellent communication skills and active listening and it also guides the team to work towards a clearly defined common goal. 

Understanding the value of team management and trying to improve your team management abilities may help you be the most successful leader possible. The more competent you are at team management, the more successful your team will be at work.

Managerial responsibilities aren’t always easy. It is your responsibility to inspire, lead, and encourage your team to achieve. Not everyone is going to be easy to deal with, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly may be difficult. So, how do you go about becoming a great boss that demonstrates authority and leadership while still keeping peer respect?  Below is a list of things you should follow to get the best productivity out of your team.

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Clear purpose, goals and expectations for the team

Successful team management begins when there is an understanding of why the team exists and what goals must be met. Everything in companies and teams begins with why. This question outlines the mission of an organisation and explains why the team exists. It provides the team with a feeling of goal and emotional motivation, which is especially important during difficult times. You must also have a clear objective in mind and know what actions to take to get there. Individuals cannot read minds, clearly express what has to be done, what is expected of each individual, and what the expectations are.

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Prioritise transparency

Transparency in the workplace could make employees feel more connected while also encouraging innovation. Doing this via open and regular communication fosters a sense of respect among team members, which is essential for overall job happiness and productivity. This can also give your team members more confidence in offering ideas and solutions to the workplace, which will benefit everyone involved.

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Make your workplace a happy place to work

Although the workplace environment is typically serious, often filled with risk assessments, and performance reviews, a little humour, and light-heartedness in the office may have a surprisingly good influence on productivity. Brightening up the workplace atmosphere with plants and out-of-office activities and outings may promote a happy atmosphere in the workplace.

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Be open to new experiences

To be an effective team leader, adaptability is a must. This entails changing your management style as needed and acknowledging team members may have different methods and ways of accomplishing or dealing with things. Be open to experimenting with new technology and modifying your traditional management style when it no longer provides the desired results.

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Delegate tasks while staying in the loop

Once all responsibilities and deadlines have been assigned, your duty is to keep track of the team’s work. Consider adopting digital tools that allow for easy and transparent communication. Chat channels like Slack and Facebook Workplace can also be used. If you work in an office, for example, Google Drive enables everyone to share real-time updates and real-time editing of shared documents. All workers can post questions, thoughts, or criticism in the comment section.

It is important to keep communication in the workplace so that everyone can work together and assist one another. Keep the entire team up to date on their performance measures. Regular face-to-face or remote meetings to reaffirm the team’s tasks, update, and express appreciation for everyone’s efforts. Recognise exceptional achievement by providing positive comments that improve their confidence.

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Christina Pantelly

Christina is a freelance journalist based in London, holding a Bachelors and Masters degree in Journalism. She has gone on to work as a journalist with The Career Changers, and is now the business and education editor for Hurst Media Company’s Checklist website.

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