–written by Kate Stoneburner – Account Representative at Raleigh Marketing Consultants
Are you looking to own your own business or hold a high-profile leadership position someday?
If so, you’ll need to learn how to train others and build a high-performing team from the ground up. As you take on more responsibility for those around you, consider these tips for training and influencing the mindsets of your coworkers.
1. Make Peace With Mistakes
Learning to accept the idea that you are imperfect and always improving is difficult, but the knowledge that it’s okay to make mistakes can motivate you to improve your leadership skills every day.
You must recognize that everyone learns on the fly and fumbles once in a while, even the top performers in your office. Acknowledging this will take the pressure of striving for perfection off of your shoulders and allow you to move forward every time you hit a bump in the road.
As a result, your trainees will see that they do not need to waste time worrying about past mistakes so long as they improve their personal best every day.
2. Skip The Blame Game
When you or members of your team make mistakes, avoid placing blame or dwelling on what went wrong. Instead, work together to develop a strategy to move forward and avoid that same mistake in the future.
The process will help build your own confidence as a leader or colleague, and it will help your team member feel supported and reassured that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Knowing that you have their back can make team members feel more confident about the work environment and their chances of success.
3. Set Specific Goals
Achieving long term goals means keeping your eye on the prize, and having grit means you focus on doing what it takes to win, overcoming hurdles and celebrating small victories along the way.
The only way to lead effectively is to lead by example, so try to set new goals and break old records every single week. Not only will your team recognize your accomplishments and turn to you for practical tips, but enthusiasm and drive are contagious and easily rub off on the people around you, encouraging them to do their best.
Push your people to be great and tell them your goals.
4. Whistle While You Work
Do not underestimate the power of showing your peers enthusiasm. When you think, talk, and act a big game, people have confidence in your ability to lead and are much more likely to follow.
Note that speaking with confidence and enthusiasm doesn’t mean being boastful or pretending to be someone you’re not. To have enthusiasm, simply speak with positivity and call your shot.
Be yourself in terms of personality and individualism, and keep in mind that you would never have made it so far as to be considering leadership in the marketing field if you were not a likable person!
5. Be Solution Oriented
Teach your trainees and peers how to think, NOT what to do.
When trying to build strong team members, focus on their mindset and critical thinking skills rather than checking off a list of tasks they can and cannot perform.
Instead of telling them what to do, show them the why behind each of your actions. This way you will ensure that you are developing autonomous leaders who can manage themselves.
6. Don’t Sugarcoat – PREPARE!
Be direct and say what’s on your mind. If a trainee or team member’s attitude or actions are bothering you, speak up and correct them right away.
It’s tempting to let mistakes slide in favor of keeping a casual camaraderie with your teammates, but bad habits are much more easily formed than broken, and it is always best to be honest with your peers.
Remember that the best way to be a good friend to a trainee or team member is to show them how to be successful in their position—teaching men to fish, as the adage says.