Right now, teams may find their energy dipping as we become zoomed out and less engaged. It can be a challenge to raise team spirits, especially if you are feeling a bit flat yourself.
Over the next few weeks, I will be suggesting some strategies for keeping your team buoyant by making some changes to your own approach.
First up, acknowledge with your team that this is a time of depletion for many people. However, before you go into “fix it” mode, try and reflect on the impact that your own style has on the mood of the team.
Whatever your version of leadership, try to be humble. Whoever reports to you must know that they work with you, not for you. If a project goes well as a result of a contribution from a team member, give them credit for it. Recognition and morale go hand in hand.
If something doesn’t work out, take it on the chin as the leader. Modelling humility and accountability will set the tone for the team.
It is also useful to take note of how you communicate praise and criticism. If praise is earned, share it publicly, and if constructive criticism is required, do it privately.
Just a couple of pointers for boosting teams morale at this unsettling time.