Solving the Pain of Leadership Challenges

Solving the Pain of Leadership Challenges

What are some of the biggest problems managers and team builders face?

You may be a natural leader and have an excellent track record of building successful teams. But we don’t live in a utopian world, and even if you are the best facilitator, supervisor or manager, you’re still bound to run into problems from time to time.

What are some of the biggest problems that leaders in the workplace and other environments face? As a new or experienced leader, you can probably think of some that you’ve already encountered. Let’s look at just some significant management challenges.

Conflict between Team Members

Conflict between members of a company or organization is bound to happen because it’s impossible for everyone to have the same opinions, ideas or backgrounds. Besides, conflict can be very positive, particularly if different views spark creativity and understanding. But if a conflict between two team members (whether it is personal or professional) is profoundly affecting those directly involved, as well as the entire team, it has to be dealt with. As a team leader, it is important for you to remain objective (not to take any sides) and facilitate a safe form of conflict resolution.

Low Morale

Morale can decline among teams for many reasons, from recent lay-offs to the loss of a team member. As a leader, your team may be taking cues from you as far as attitude. In the face of adversity, your aim should be to still promote a positive atmosphere. Identifying the source of low morale will help you develop constructive solutions, whether it be meeting with each employee, planning a team bonding event, improving the workplace environment, and so forth.

Underperformance

If you are dealing with an underperforming individual, it may not only affect their productivity—it can also affect the productivity of the entire team. It’s important to realize that it may not simply be a problem of that person being “lazy”. Meeting with underperformers to understand why they are not employing their full potential can help you and that person develop a strategy for improvement. This might be increased communication about what his or her role is, additional training, determining a new role or even you, as the leader, improving your own rate of performance.

Losing Talent

Everyone likes to feel like they are making a positive impact. Sometimes in team situations, only the top-level performers are praised or recognized. As a leader it’s important to encourage the talent of each member, through identifying their strengths and skills and possibly re-defining their roles based on their particular strong suits. Regular reviews outlining achievements and providing constructive feedback can help each team member feel engaged and motivated. 
These are just some examples of problems that you may or have already faced as a leader. Of course challenges are dependent on the team dynamic and vary from case to case. The important thing to remember is to avoid any snap, reactive decisions. Instead come up with solutions after taking the time to become fully informed. The great thing about challenges is they can be effectively overcome; the process can be a positive experience and build an even stronger, more cohesive team.

 

 

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