The three most important things a leader can do to keep his team aligned is to develop a shared goal or vision, engage and embed the right values and behaviour.
Having a shared vision is a key unifier for teams. Successful leaders spend time in creating a shared vision that the team can passionately own and champion. That vision is the glue that will hold a team together.
Just having a shared goal isn’t enough. The mantra for sustained success is to engage. A leader needs to reach out to the entire organisation and use a variety of formats to listen and engage. And finally much more important than the structure itself are the values and behaviour that underpin it. An organisation needs to clearly articulate what it stands for and then embed them.
(Ravi Kirpalani, automotive director and COO, Castrol India)
The true mark of a great leader is measured by his team’s success without him being around. This is tough because not only the leader may not have great followers, he may have a lot of aspiring leaders in his team. Aspiration is one of the cornerstones of success in today’s age. It’s got less to do with what you aspire and more to do with whether you understand the expectations from you in your current capacity.
Thus one of the key responsibilities that a leader has is to ensure there is transparency in communication.
The other most important requirement to have your team unified is ensuring you take accountability to have absolutely open conversations with the team and encourage that they also build a similar practice among themselves.
(Chaitali Mukherjee country head, India, Right Management)