The ONE Trait Every Single Person on Your Team Needs
As much as some of us might hate to admit it … Building a business is a collaborative effort. In order to maintain our freedom and stay in our sweet spot, eventually, we’ll all need to align with other people who can help us fill in the gaps.
While working to build our teams, we’ll encounter a lot of different individuals … Each equipped with their own unique likes, dislikes, personalities, strengths and challenges.
This isn’t a reason to shy away from growth … In fact, it should be embraced! A diverse team is one of the biggest strengths an organization can have.
That said, there’s ONE big trait that we consider to be non-negotiable for every single member of your team …
Confidence breeds action and insecurity breeds inaction. A culture that encourages effort and protects confidence is a key piece of the foundation for consistently delivering results.
When team members are confident in themselves and their abilities, they are more likely to take risks, be creative, and take action. This can lead to increased productivity, faster decision-making, and better overall performance.
A confident team is also more likely to stay engaged and committed to the company’s vision, leading to higher retention rates and improved culture.
On the other hand, when we fail to instill and protect confidence, team members may become demotivated, disengaged, and unproductive, leading to decreased momentum and profitability.
As leaders, we responsible for building, nurturing, and protecting confidence in ourselves and our teams.
So how do we do that?
It’s been said that leaders cast their shadow on the organization. In other words, your behavior sets the tone for your team. So leading by example is the first step.
If you demonstrate confidence in yourself, your team, and the company’s vision, and show that you are willing to take risks and make bold decisions, your team will be more likely to follow suit.
One proven way to build your own confidence is by keeping the promises you make to yourself. This builds a level of self-trust that encourages confidence and generates a contagious positive momentum that drives excitement … And measurable results!
Speaking of results … A-players like to know what winning looks like and how to win more.
After all, we can’t expect our team to hit a target they can’t see. And if they’re constantly missing the mark simply because they’re not clear on what they’re trying to achieve, confidence will tank quickly.
So when it comes to instilling confidence in our teams, casting a clear vision and setting clear expectations is a must.
What does winning look like in your organization? Create that environment for yourself and your team!
In order for us as business owners to communicate our vision to a team, the first step is to make certain we’re crystal clear on it ourselves. If yours is a little cloudy, clarifying your personal syndication philosophy is a good place to start.
With the vision in perfect focus, we’re better equipped to provide our teams with a clear sense of direction and the tools they need to succeed.
With a confident leader and clearly defined goals & expectations in place, you’re well on your way to building a strong, confident team.
But confidence building isn’t a one-and-done activity … It’s something that needs to be nurtured over time while our teams work to execute on our goals. One way to do that is by working ‘The 3C’s’ into our day-to-day business practices … Challenging, Correcting, and Congratulating.
Think about how it felt the last time you succeeded at something new and difficult … What a RUSH! Maybe it even gave you the courage to take on something bigger and more difficult.
As humans, we need to be challenged to reach our highest potential … And our highest level of confidence. That’s why it’s so important to give our team members the opportunity to face new challenges.
That said … There’s a learning curve that comes with taking on new or difficult tasks. Normalize admitting to and sharing mistakes and errors (Yes … That includes our own.) These things are a normal part of learning and growing!
Rather than dwelling on mistakes (which kills confidence and momentum), we can focus on correcting them and moving forward. Perfection is not the standard. Reasonable progress in the right direction is the standard.
The LAST thing we want to do as leaders trying to build our team’s confidence is to take back a task we’ve delegated. Nothing kills a person’s confidence like the feeling that they simply weren’t good enough … And that’s the message we send our teams when we rescind a responsibility without first taking the time to try to help them succeed.
When mistakes and mishaps happen, our role as leaders is to provide training, coaching, and mentoring to prevent them from reoccurring. This helps our teams build their skills and knowledge to create more wins …
… And those wins should be congratulated and celebrated! Celebrating our accomplishments builds confidence and encourages a positive and productive work environment. When we recognize our team’s efforts, we create more momentum … The kind of momentum that builds confidence and promotes more wins!
To recap, here are four ways to build, nurture, and protect confidence in ourselves and our teams …
1. Lead by example
2. Keep the promises you make to yourself
3. Set a clear vision and expectations
4. Practice the 3 C’s
… When you pull it all together, you’ll create a strong, happy, and confident team that produces consistent results!
At Organize to Scale™, we use the DISC Personality Assessment along with a Visionary Test to answer the question … how can we help you develop as a strong Visionary Leader?
If you want to know how you score and get a personal review with our Business Growth Coach who is DISC Certified, we got you covered!
You’re invited to schedule a Business Growth Audit including digesting your DISC and Visionary Test results too!
We’re cheering for you as you organize your business and yourself to scale!