It’s not a question you might have been asking yourself when you were leading your team when you were elbow to elbow with each other.
But now things have changed and now you need to find ways to ensure that you are supporting your team without making yourself the micro-manager from planet “I don’t trust you.”
How not to support your team
- Force them to have a stand-up when you sign on in the morning.
- Force them to have a follow-up at the end of the day.
- Ask for daily updates on what they are doing.
- Monitor their activity by their green presence icon.
- Make everything a task that needs to be discussed in a meeting.
How to support your team
- Check-in with them a few times a week outside of meetings – forget what they are working on and ask them how they are
- Observe what they need to work better – more visual requirements, detailed workflows
- Start team meetings with open-ended discussions, not about the project but about them.
- Use conversational tools, i.e., simple chat instead of waiting and scheduling a meeting.
I’m sure there are many more ways to do this, but at the end of each week, there is only one question you need to be asking yourself – am I supporting my team in the best way possible? And if not, what do I need to do to make it happen.