Whether you have a new mobility team that you are charged with leading or feel you need to re-boot your current situation with your team, these seven steps will be profoundly impactful to developing a group into a high functioning team.
1.) Communicate and set very clear expectations for individuals and the team
2.) Allow time to "connect" with your direct reports and indirect reports too - people work harder for someone they like and who cares for them authentically
3.) Focus on the team and its members, not yourself
4.) Create a brand for your team and make sure there is a shared winning vision
5.) Show your team you are committed to developing them - that you have a tangible talent agenda
6.) Have "higher ups" occasionally attend to show you have full support
7.) Address team dysfuntions immediately
There is no guarantee that the above seven steps will by themselves build the confidence of your inherited team in your leadership. But systematically undertaking these steps can avoid common blunders and ease the way to gaining engagement and followership from your team. The takeaway: Every incoming leader has to engage and re-recruit the team they inherit to their leadership. The more broken your team inheritance, the more time and effort you will need to expend to create the team you want. Re-recruiting the team often has to be done within the context of the CEO’s perceptions of the team and its intrinsic needs and motivations. The seven steps above can help you engage more effectively with your new team.