If you took a polled your staff with the question, “Do you think next year will be easy?” . . . I would be willing to bet the resounding answer would be ‘No’. The reasons would vary. From current economic status of the families, virtual learning, kids getting sick to the uncertainty of what the next week or month holds. Then if you asked the question, “Do you think we can still create a world-class teaching environment, regardless of the circumstances?”. . . well, those answers may not all be the same.
The goal of a leader is to prepare, inspire and support your team to weather any storm – even COVID-19. We all realize the uncertain times we are about to embark on, but how do you create a team that is confident, excited and prepared for any adversity that comes their way? That is what we explore in today’s podcast.
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There are four key things a leader must focus on creating in order to build more resilient teams.
BUILD COLLECTIVE CONFIDENCE
You want your team to have confidence in the team, not just themselves. They need to have confidence that the their teammates have their back, know their jobs and will be there regardless of what adversity strikes. That if they work together, they can accomplish anything.
TEAM UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR TEAM MODEL
Each team member needs to know the roles of one another. This way if something falters, they can step in. Or if they need help, they know exactly where to go. This makes the team operate with super efficiency as well as lets everyone identify where the ‘holes’ are in your team’s skills or communication plans.
CREATE THE CAPACITY TO IMPROVISE
You want each team member to feel comfortable not only sharing ideas, but to also have ‘moments of brilliance’ when there is no planned action when a unique issue arises. This is building a culture of trust and support. Will mistakes be made, most certainly. But building a culture that celebrates creativity, resourcefulness, adapts and learns is one that becomes even stronger.
SET A CLEAR VISION
Everyone needs to know the vision statement of your team. This is something that never changes, it’s the end goal – never waivers. No matter what type of adversity your team faces, the vision remains the same. This helps keep people from becoming distracted or loosing focus. The vision, the destination, should never change.