What’s involved in leading a team?

Every business needs someone to lead it – to show the way forward, to encourage and motivate employees to make a greater effort.

In business, leading and directing a team of employees is the most important and difficult task in any company.

Typical leadership responsibilities include:

  • Setting out company objectives and making sure a good business plan is in place
  • Making sure this business plan is achieved
  • Making sure members of the team work well together
  • Motivating team members
  • Assigning jobs to the various team members so that everyone gets something to do
  • Making sure each team member knows what they are supposed to be doing
  • Representing your company when required
  • Knowing when to seek outside advice – especially from Business Advisers
  • Monitor targets regularly and take corrective action when necessary
  • You are responsible for holding regular team meetings and running these meetings
  • Making sure that the company money is managed responsibly

How to be a good team leader

It is important that you know the difference between “leading” and “bossing”! They are quite different! As a leader, you set a good example by:

  • Being punctual
  • Planning in advance
  • Keeping cool when things get difficult
  • Listening to others people’s comments

When you hold a meeting with the various other employees in your student business, remember that every member should have a say when it comes to making decisions and that majority rules. Once a decision is reached, it is your responsibility to make sure that it is implemented.

Qualities of a good leader:

  • Understanding of how the business works
  • The ability to bring people together to work effectively
  • Ability to recognise key things that need to be done
  • Being able to come up with solutions to problems
  • Being able to lead your team effectively – command respect from your team and develop a team spirit
  • Being able to handle people sensitively and tactfully
  • Demonstrating fairness and strength – especially when there is conflict

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