By Lolly Daskal

Great leaders know they have the power to influence their team’s success. They understand that truly great leadership is about building people up, trusting and empowering them to give their best for a shared goal. Here are 12 of the most powerful ways leaders can create dynamic teams:

1. Create direction

Providing direction is literally the charge of a leader, so know where your team is headed. Once you have a direction you can create a strategy and execute on the plan.

2. Ensure that they have adequate resources and training

Don’t just enable your team members to do their current job. Help them to identify room for advancement and develop their skills. Make sure they have the resources they need to excel and reach the next level.

3. Provide challenges and opportunities

Get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team members, and use that knowledge to bring out the best in them.

4. Establish priorities

If you want your team to focus on what’s most important, let them know what that is. When you leave things open ended, people are uncertain and workflows get muddled.

5. Show your confidence and conviction

When you show confidence in your team’s skills and conviction, you send a message that they’re not just capable  and qualified but also powerful.

6. Build on your team’s strengths

Great leaders are able to quickly recognize the skills and expertise of their team members. When you seek out people’s talents, you acknowledge their value — and few things are more motivating.

7. Collaborate effectively

It is important that a team’s leader is a great collaborator, someone who can forge great relationships. Working together with your team increases trust and transparency, which is at the core of effective teams.

8. Empower and inspire your team

Give your employees the authority to voice their opinions and take ownership of opportunities. People do more when you trust them to do more.

9. Communicate, communicate, communicate

Communication is key to a successful and dynamic team. Keep everyone in the loop to make sure everyone has the knowledge they need to stay focused. Craft your messages to inform and inspire.

10. Hold a positive attitude

A leader’s optimism lights up the workplace. Set an example of positivity, and remember that fun and hard work aren’t mutually exclusive!

11. Acknowledge and reward

Noticing and appreciating everyday effort as well as extraordinary success has a huge impact. Thank your team at every opportunity, private and public, and reward them in tangible ways whenever you can.

12. Build mutual respect

You demonstrate respect for your team when you engage with them and work alongside them. And when you show respect, it’s contagious. Leaders who respect their team encourage members to respect one another.


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This information was developed as a general guide to educate plan sponsors and is not intended as authoritative guidance, tax, legal or investment advice. Each plan has unique requirements and you should consult your attorney or tax adviser for guidance on your specific situation. In no way does Lawton Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC assure that, by using the information provided, a plan sponsor will be in compliance with ERISA regulations. Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. The statements in this publication are the opinions and beliefs of the commentator expressed when the commentary was made and are not intended to represent that person’s opinions and beliefs at any other time. The commentary does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Lawton Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC and should not be construed as recommendations or investment advice. Lawton Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC offers no tax, legal or accounting advice and any advice contained herein is not specific to any individual, entity or retirement plan, but rather general in nature and, therefore, should not be relied upon for specific investment situations. Lawton Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC is a Wisconsin Registered Investment Adviser and accepts clients outside of Wisconsin based upon applicable state registration regulations and the “de minimus” exception.