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Managing Teams in the Workplace

In professional environments, individuals often come together to collaborate on a task or project. These workplace teams can be very productive if they effectively utilize everyone’s talents and ideas, but when different personalities collaborate, it can sometimes cause friction. Good leadership is important to ensure that the team reaches its goal with little conflict. 

The MBA program at Our Lady of the Lake University helps leaders hone their management styles in order to prepare for a variety of workplace scenarios. Through this program you'll learn how to recognize and understand each member of your team, so that you can utilize each person's talents for an effective project outcome.

Most Managers Employ the Following Principles 

1. Set goals and objectives 

Clearly spell out what you expect and what you need to accomplish from the start. Setting goals is important to employee success, yet is sorely lacking in many workplaces. A Gallup report suggests that only 13 percent of employees strongly agree that their manager sets performance goals.1 Employees are motivated when they have an objective in mind. 

2. Get to know your team and maintain communication 

If you want to maximize performance among team members, you first need to get to know them. When your team recognizes that you care about them, you have a better chance of getting results. Keep up communication with your team members throughout the life of the project. A Gallup study reveals that employees are three times as likely to be engaged in their work when they receive regular communication from their manager, even if that communication is only through email or video chat.2  

3. Delegate tasks and require accountability  

Getting to know your team is not just for camaraderie; it also helps you delegate tasks more effectively. Once you understand each person’s strengths, you can assign duties suitable for each team member. Accountability meetings like weekly check-ins help team members stay on task.

4. Acknowledge hard work 

Most people respond positively to a challenge when they are motivated and their efforts are acknowledged. Provide positive feedback to team members throughout the process. If someone goes above and beyond the call of duty, make sure to reward that effort. This creates a positive work environment and encourages team members to do their best.

Managing teams in the workplace is not just about possessing leadership skills; it is about recognizing the various personalities within a team and then utilizing those talents to facilitate the best outcome for a project. The MBA program at Our Lady of the Lake University helps you gain a greater understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader. Begin your leadership journey today. Call 855-275-1082 to learn more about the program.

References

1http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/183821/managers-lot-better-performance-management.aspx?g_source=manager&g_medium=search&g_campaign=tiles
2http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/182321/employees-lot-managers.aspx