January 23, 2023

7 steps to building a strong leadership team

Leadership is a crucial aspect of any organization, and a strong leadership team is essential for success. But building a team of leaders is not always easy. It requires careful planning, clear communication, and a focus on continuous learning and development. 

Here are some strategies for building a leadership team able to work effectively together to achieve your organization’s goals. Whether you are just starting to build your team or looking to improve an existing one, these tips can help you create a strong foundation for success.

1. Define the roles and responsibilities of each team member: It’s important to clearly communicate what each person’s role is on the team and what is expected of them. This helps team members understand their responsibilities and how their work fits into the bigger picture. It can also help to avoid misunderstandings and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

2. Hire for diversity and inclusivity: A diverse leadership team brings a range of experiences, perspectives, and skills to the table. This can help to create a more dynamic and innovative team, as well as better serving the diverse community you work with. It’s important to make diversity and inclusivity a priority when building your leadership team.

Delolitte found that 74% of millennial employees believe their organization is more innovative when it has a culture of inclusion, and 47% actively look for diversity and inclusion when sizing up potential employers.

3. Foster open communication and collaboration: Encourage team members to openly share their ideas, concerns, and feedback. This helps to create a culture of trust and collaboration, which is essential for a strong team. Open communication can also help to identify and resolve issues more quickly, and can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility among team members.

4. Encourage continuous learning and development (L&D): Leadership is a constantly evolving field, and it’s important for team members to continuously develop their skills and knowledge, encourage team members to seek out training and development opportunities, and provide support for them to do so. This can help to keep the team at the top of their game and ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders.

What’s more, research by McKinsey states that not only does L&D directly manage the development of people, but it also supports five other key business priorities, including employee engagement, talent retention and workplace culture.

5. Set clear goals and expectations: It’s important to set clear goals and expectations for the team, and to regularly check in to ensure that progress is being made. This helps team members stay focused and motivated, and ensures that everyone is working towards the same objectives. Setting clear goals and expectations can also help to create accountability and ensure that everyone is working towards the same vision.

6. Encourage teamwork and team building: Strong leadership teams work well together and support each other. Encourage team members to build strong relationships with one another, and provide opportunities for team building activities. This can help to create a sense of camaraderie, and build trust among team members.

7. Practice effective leadership: As a leader, it’s important to model the behaviors and values that you want to see in your team. This includes being a good listener, being open to feedback, and showing respect for team members. By practicing effective leadership, you can set an example for others to follow and create a positive culture within your team.

By following these tips, you can work to build a strong and effective leadership team that is able to work together effectively to achieve your organization’s goals.

Papillon & Partners offers a range of leadership coaching to suit you and your business needs, from leadership and development to executive coaching. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you and your team reach your goals.

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