Top 10 Things An IT Team Leader Should Know

Guide Them; Don’t Lead Them

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Top 10 Things An IT Team Leader Should Know

Leadership is a demanding job and a good leader is always kind, ready to learn and apologetic person. Those who only give orders can never be respected after a time. A true leader is just like the father of the tribe and people under him trust and follow him. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to as a team.

1. Forget Mistakes

A kind leader always looks the skills and polishes them. He knows the weaknesses of his team and ignores them. Whenever the time comes, he is ready to guide them with their weaknesses personally. It’s true that none is perfect, it applies to the leader. It is observed that people learn by mistakes and if a leader guide through this phenomenon then their small mistakes can be ignored easily. However, a skillful and trained professional can be guided separately.

2. Ready to Guide

Newly appointed persons always look towards leader to guide them. It is the noble responsibility of a good leader that he should be available for a maximum time. He should keep in touch even if he is away from the team members.

3. Encourage Through Rewards

Regular announcements of different award categories and feedback are some major points of growth for an organization. Sometimes a leader can encourage through words in a meeting and he can give gift vouchers and other prize offers as per policy.

4. Train Them

It is fact that people learn by mistakes but it is very important to train them regularly. A trained professional is much better than an untrained or newly appointed person. If the team members are very much in numbers then the leader can break up into small teams and subteams and all leaders could work in the same manners as the ultimate leader does. It is the good lesson of fairness and simplicity.

5. Guide Them; Don’t Lead Them

Few people are selected to guide and guiding others is the ultimate and utmost blessing of God. A true leader is a guide as he helps other in their worries. He keeps a vision and professional experience with a smiling face and open arms.

6. Consult Them

Whenever a target is set (smaller or bigger) a good leader always seeks consultation from his team members. Everybody can participate clockwise giving consultation. The leader should listen very carefully and should never encourage or discourage at the time of consultation as this type of meeting can or cannot be fruitful in the future. Time will tell which consultation was better.

It should also to note that an agenda can be set before the meeting of consultation. But, before this meeting, the discussion may not be fruitful as targets set or discussed prior meeting can be biased.

7. Touch Them

It is always necessary to be connected with your team. This connection can be through events, gathering, promotions, campaigns, ceremonies and even gift cards can be posted on some occasions. Regular phone calls to touch distant members are also good and time-saving routine.

A good leader never leaves his team members alone. Talk with them regularly either daily or for some reason. One thing to keep in mind; never ask from another person as he might misguide you unintentionally.

8. Planning Schedules

Plan daily or weekly what to do with your members depending upon nature of the job. A leader may seek consultation from other senior members for planning tasks. Always plan to keep in mind the individual skills and weaknesses. A lazy member can be very fruitful if he is guided after understanding his nature and vice versa a very good member can be a failure if he is scolded or disrespected. Self-esteem is always important for all.

9. Equality & Simplicity

A good leader does not keep an authoritative style. He is always down to earth, work with members and shake hands daily. Even he has time, he can meet his family and remembers his kids. All members are equal whether they are working on higher or lower jobs. And a low paid member should never hesitate to meet the leader in case of help.

10. Set individual Targets

Individual targets are important to judge the people. A visionary leader knows the skills and assigns related jobs. Members are free to achieve their targets and they are never pressurized. If a member is below their target then the leader can come to help him. Or leader can change the duties and even ask directly to perform alternative tasks. A successful leader has always alternative plans for any disaster.

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