How to Handle the Worst Team
Every leader wishes to have the best team – the group of people who will make life and leadership so much easier for him, from casting his vision to achieving the team’s goals. Others try to make their people close to being the best. But what if because of continuous hoping for your own dream team, you’re given the worst team…ever?
They never listen to a word you say. They insist on doing things their way because they believe so much in themselves. They never respect deadlines, lose their sense of time, and are always unorganized. You have heard every bit of excuse and alibi from them, so as to be forgiven for mistakes they’ve committed. They bring personal issues inside the organization, and hope for your understanding and consideration about such matters.
Yes, they may not be the best team you’ve been wishing for, but look at the brighter side. If you really are an effective leader, you can turn them into something better. Ok, stop for awhile. Breathe. Relax. Life really is unfair and ironic sometimes. You just have to accept and deal with that, because if you don’t, you might end up just conceding before even trying. And that has never been a quality of a great leader.
So you’re leading a bad team - big deal. A case like this will actually prove the worth of any leader. If you manage such team and you fail, or you do not attempt to control the team’s attitude, it will make you a bad leader. Bad team plus bad leader; we can never really hear the end of it, can we? On the other hand, if you can manage to turn a bad team into something great, credible, and excellent, then that would really make you an effective leader – better than those who are in charge of already proficient members.
So, how do you turn your little beasts into knights in shining armor? First, you have to let them see that they are in a team. Explain that a team should always work as one, as they carry one identity. And you as the leader of that team should be seen as the one who will direct them into a common goal – the second step to making them efficient. You and your team should come up with a goal that will benefit both of you. If they know that they are involved in what you all should be working out, they will gladly cooperate with you. Communicate with them. You shouldn’t be the one who has to do all the talking. Listen to what they have to say, but at the same time, let them know what the good and bad sides of their suggestions or points of views are. Remember that there is no team without communication. Lastly, add commitment. You and the team members should be committed to what you are doing. It ensures that the group will work together as one, no matter what unfavorable instances may come.
Coming across an imperfect team shouldn’t scare you. Hence, you should be grateful that your leadership is being tested for further effectiveness. Treat it as a challenge rather than a hindrance on your way to the top. So the next time you encounter the worst team, you know what to do – turn them into the best.