Research has shown that shoals of fish tend to follow a leader when they are at greater risk of being eaten by a predator!

As a team leader, your role requires steering and guiding others through the shoals ahead and steering them away from those predators.

A true leader learns to behave intentionally and be courageous and brave and should realise that they need to delegate and provide strategic direction for members of their team.

How can you do this? By setting priorities, and providing thoughtful feedback instead of being overly prescriptive about what needs to be done and how exactly it has to happen.

An effective team leader should have a broad range of skills. They need to decide exactly what to delegate by undertaking an audit of their current workload and then work out what part of that work someone else can do on a day-to-day basis. Team leaders need to possess persistence and determination and foster a growth mindset.

Team leadership is often challenging but frequently rewarding, and it’s a great feeling of achievement to be part of an efficient team.

It is important to realise the differences between good and bad leadership, and the good news is that leadership qualities can be learnt. Good communication and strong organisational skills are key elements. Effective team leaders are powerful facilitators who can ensure team members meet their goals and objectives more efficiently and they should also be skilled negotiators who can solve problems with the best outcome for the whole team.

BC Training Solutions have training courses that will ensure you become an effective team leader.