Did you know that your team can operate successfully in your absence IF you take this one step regularly? 🤔
When you go through the process to set expectations on a regular basis with your team, they will know what is expected of them in terms of behavior and goals – without having to ask you.
When they face a new or unexpected decision, the employee – on their own – can reason through the problem and find a solution that aligns with your expectations because you were so clear on communicating those expectations.
Sounds amazing, right?
Start the process to set expectations with your team today with these 4 important questions:
- What is the long-term vision you as the leader has for the team? The vision must be beyond “survival.”
It is easy to get caught in survival mode, finishing one project before going to the next, but that is not a long-term vision.
- How do you as the leader define success of your team?
Success looks different for everyone and every team, just like “on time” to one person may be on the minute while another person’s “on time” is 15 minutes early. Be clear.
- What do you as the leader need your team to do that will make them successful? Are you the gatekeeper of crucial information? Hand over the key. Do you know of tools that would increase efficiency? Make the tools available ASAP. You get the idea!
- What have you as the leader not said to the team that will make working with you easier? Are you a morning person? What information do you consider “urgent”? When do you want them to copy you on outgoing emails? No one knows your working style better than you – don’t keep it a secret.
Now, communicate your answers with your team to establish clear expectations. They will be so thankful to hear this information straight from you! 👏
Beware. Expect push back from your low performers when you establish expectations. It is much more difficult to remain a low performer when expectations are clear.
They will no longer be able to use the “I was confused” or “You were too busy” excuses, and that will be frustrating for them. It’s normal. Don’t give up. You’re setting a clear path for success for your entire team.
It will be worth it. 🎉
I am excited for you to take this next step in becoming the leader you want to be in the new year.