Once you understand your team, it is easier to lead them and get them to a high-performance level. Understand their beliefs to make changes with how they feel or behave.
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To be an effective leader you should always work to understand the beliefs of your team members. Look at how they feel and how they behave.
The most powerful way to influence your team as a leader is to understand your team. You need to understand your team’s beliefs and your team member’s beliefs. What do they believe about themselves? What do they believe about others? What do they believe about your industry? Gain an understanding of their model of the world.
Global Beliefs – What do your team members believe in general? Do they believe they are smart or not so smart? Do they believe people are kind or people are always out to get them?
As leaders, when evaluating a team members beliefs, you need to look at two things:
- Feelings - How do your team members feel? Are they confident? Are they happy? Do they feel supported? Do they feel productive?
- Behaviour - How does your team behave? Are they checking work for accuracy? Are they communicating?
Once you know how they feel and how they behave, you can determine the things you need to work on with the team or with individual team members.
Stories help shape what we believe. These are the excuses that you will get and they can be true or false. These stories can prevent a team member’s success or perpetuate their success. Listen to the stories and use them to help understand how your team members feel.
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