How to manage your work team: guidelines and tips for success

One of the biggest difficulties we face in our professional career (but also personal or sports, or with some kind of project) is learning to manage the talent of a team.

When we work as a team, everything gets more complex, but when you have to be the one leading that team, managing their talents, and have primary responsibility, it all gets even more complicated. The big key to achieving this is to understand that this development does not depend on authority or magic rules … but on your own personal development and key psychological skills.

How to manage a work team?

A team can work, in an entrepreneurial spirit, in some kind of competition, or even in your family (a family is a team mode, because its members have or should have common goals). When we got to this situation we encountered great doubts, Since no one taught us how to do it. We feel fear, insecurity, difficulties in communicating, knowing how to say no, motivating them, and we feel that each member of the team is following a free path and ultimately these common goals are not achieved. What are the key skills that lead you to achieve this?

Professional development is actually personal development. To grow as a professional (a fundamental motivation in life, because through work a service is rendered to the world you live in), you have to grow as a person. The key personal skills that help you improve as a professional are managing emotions (which influences every decision you make and your mood), your productivity, how you motivate yourself, how you motivate yourself, how you manage time and resources), your communication (if it is sufficiently assertive, transparent and empathetic) and especially personal relationships. This is where a key personal and psychological skill comes in: true leadership.

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The most important key is to trust

Leadership is often misinterpreted as a position of leadership, command or power. Nothing could be further from the truth. Leadership is actually the ability to positively influence others. It is something necessary in a work team, in sport, in certain projects, as teachers, educators and also as parents. A leader is a person who is responsible for the team, trusts the people on this team and knows how to support them in their growth. A leader, first of all, creates other leaders (knowledge is not saved).

The big key to managing your work team is therefore trust.. When the team does not achieve the expected results or achieves them with too much effort and stress, it is because there is not enough cohesion and harmony between the members of that team. This is due to a lack of trust in the person who should manage the talent of this team (overconfidence is also a means of mistrust).

Cohesion, motivation and empathy

When people trust this person, unity, cohesion is generated, they are consulted, and at the same time, this leader oversees and delegates them (but not over-oversight). Instead of building formal authority, based on blind obedience, moral authority is built, based on trust. When they trust you and trust you (which involves a whole process of change) the relationship with the team grows stronger, they turn to you, they seek advice or help, and it helps you. to unite the team and carry out the proposed project. Goals.

Another essential skill is empathetic and assertive communication. The leader knows how to convey what is necessary, with kindness, empathy, trust, closeness, genuine interest in others and their needs, but also by setting clear limits. It is actually an emotional process, where the way you deal with your emotions (fear of the other person’s response, insecurity, mistrust, etc.) is at stake.

Finally: learn to manage your emotions. This process of change means that you must learn to manage your emotions in a more functional way, so that they accompany you in this process with confidence, security and enthusiasm rather than with fear, stress, anxiety, anger or insecurity.

Growing others helps you grow. It is one of the most stimulating change processes in professional and personal life.

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