10 Ways to Become a Better Team Leader

Adapted from an article by Christine Cain

It can be easy to confuse a position of leadership with fulfilling the calling of being a great leader. A position does not make a leader. Building teams, modeling teamwork and inspiring people to work together does. It’s God’s design: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

As we grow in our leadership skills, consider these 10 ways to be a better team leader:

  1. Believe in people. Invest in others and watch them grow towards their specific purpose and skills.
  2. Believe the best of others and genuinely want what is best for them. When you share your knowledge, you help others expand their skill sets.
  3. Give people room to grow. People were designed for multiplication and reproduction, not containment and limitation. Commit to growing others so we all grow together.
  4. Keep the standard high. Demonstrate excellence. Build one another up and, in doing so, encourage everyone to enjoy what they do. Exhibit a strong work ethic, high integrity and honor.
  5. Challenge each other to think outside the box. Motivate your teammates to work smarter, always thinking of innovative ideas and exploring new approaches.
  6. Be the example. Your credibility is your leadership currency. You must be personally willing to do what you are requiring of your teammates. It is easy in a world that values self-sufficiency to become isolated and allow others to become isolated. But, that is not teamwork. Be the leader who invites others to help you, as well.
  7. Make the vision plain so others know what they are supposed to be doing. A strong team rallies around a cause and a purpose. Keep painting a picture of the desired future to keep your team looking forward.
  8. Keep the atmosphere positive. A group of people doesn’t necessarily make a team. Being committed and loyal to one another is what makes a team. Inspire each other with enthusiasm and an infectious, “can-do” attitude.
  9. Stretch people, but do not break them. Stretching others causes pain and inconvenience. Learn when to let people rest—so they do not break. Do what it takes to help others grow and remain encouraged.
  10. Celebrate the wins—and then get back to work. Leadership, team building and development all spring from the heart. Celebrate ALL the wins, then refocus on the next level of growth.

Our goal is for each of us to continually grow as leaders and inspire growth in others.  Together, Everyone Achieves More.