The number of people who supervise you shouldn’t weigh on you.
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Management principles like generating a growth philosophy among your employees or leading with empathy can become major obstacles, but when you have them Responsibility to lead a great teamthis challenge becomes even greater. The bigger your team, the harder it will be to give each person the individual attention they deserve while finding the time it takes to do the rest of your activities. If you are not careful it will be very easy to feel overwhelmed and you could even miss out on some important tasks.
The good news is that oversee a large team It’s not impossible. By incorporating these five basic administrative practices, you will be better prepared to lead your teams to success.
1. Open the communication channels
When you have very large teams, it becomes increasingly difficult to have regular meetings with everyone. This doesn’t mean that communication should be compromised, as even the newest elements of your team require attention to feel that their contributions are valuable to the company. One solution is to use additional communication channels like Slack or Basecamp to stay connected with your employees and find the time for those one-on-one conversations. Once your team members understand that these communication channels are available for their use, they will most likely get in touch with you for updates and assistance.
2. Delegate everything you can
As your team grows, so does the workload, and you can’t do it on your own. By delegating it to the right people, you can avoid fatigue, improve the overall productivity of your team, gain more time reviewing each team member, and even gain time for yourself. A study by Frontiers in Psychology found that delegating improves the behavior of your employees when seeking feedback and leads to better results.
Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world in the early 29th century. One of his greatest secrets, among many other attributes, was the delegation of work. After hearing a friend brag that he would come to work at seven in the morning, he replied, “You must be quite lazy if it takes you 10 hours to get your daily work done. I, in an hour in which I had already assigned all the work, I sent my suggestions. The day’s work is done and I am ready to go out and enjoy life. “
3. Look out for potential conflicts
Unhealthy conflicts in large work teams can destroy the dynamic just as much as in small teams. People often take sides and unity suffers, which can lead to anger among your employees and poor customer service. As the leader of your team, you need to have clear expectations and be willing to take an active role in resolving disputes. Stay in touch with your employees’ work environment so you can identify and anticipate potential problems early on before they get out of hand.
4. See the big picture
When you have a great team, the ability to objectively evaluate the quality of each other’s results becomes much more important. If you look at processes, communication methods, and even individual roles from a broad perspective, taking into account the big picture, you can identify areas where the team is less adherent or less effective than it should.
Micromanagement tasks are still important. However, if you take a step back and look at it all, you can better see whether you need to focus on your goals or make the necessary adjustments to improve team effectiveness. Changes that have a positive effect on the work culture of a company and the workflow for all members have a greater overall effect on the productivity and satisfaction of employees.
5. Unleash the power of mentoring
The best leaders are also great mentors who improve the performance of those around them. If your team is too big, you may not have as much time as you want to look after every new person who comes with you. An interesting option is to assign more experienced members to help you with this task. Mary Barra, GM’s President and CEO, said, “All good leaders should be committed to growing their teams. People have great points of view that you may not have understood.”
Many of the principles of successful leadership remain the same regardless of the size of the team you lead. However, when you consider the responsibility of managing larger teams, you will be better prepared to help each of its members, and your company in general, achieve incredible new results.