Leadership Tip

How to build the right team behaviours

Even though most management systems focus on individual performance, it’s critical to reward and recognise your team collectively. As a team leader, support the right group behaviours by:

  1. Encouraging collaboration. Talk about your people as a team, not as a set of individuals. Instead of talking about individuals’ contributions, praise the common behaviours that contribute to the team’s overall success.
     
  2. Evaluating team performance. Every six months or so, take a close look at the group’s progress. Don’t mention individuals in this appraisal but focus on what the team has done—and can do—together.
     
  3. Using rewards. If you are able, tie a portion of your organisation’s discretionary compensation to team performance. If you don’t control the purse strings, try recognising your team’s hard work in a public way - through a departmental email or even displaying their picture in a common space - or giving them exposure to senior leaders.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from How to Reward Your Stellar Team by Amy Gallo. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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