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How managers make their teams more successful

23. June 2020 / general

In my last blog post, I talked about the different success factors that ensure a team works well (link). As announced, I am today focusing on another very important aspect of this topic: The role of managers. What can they do to help foster good collaboration between team members? And what are the potential stumbling blocks that they need to watch out for?

In my last blog post, I wrote in detail about just how important a team’s self-motivation and sense of togetherness are for its success. If you continue along this line of thought, some people may ask themselves: Why is a boss even needed? Based on my many years of experience as a line manager and coach, my view of this matter is crystal clear: A manager has a vital role to play.

Employees need room for maneuver in order to develop – but they also need guidelines and a clear objective, and they need to be shown enough appreciation for them to feel satisfied and be successful. And they get this from their manager – or the employee and manager can at least develop them together (objective). As you can tell, I am not a great advocate of self-leading teams. My years of experience as a boss, a team member and now also as a coach who observes these situations have shown me what people need and how they can achieve optimal performance.


Show appreciation and support employee development

How can a manager contribute to the success of his team?

Feeling of togetherness and an efficient organization


As a manager, you can therefore make a significant contribution to the success of your team. Both soft and hard factors are of decisive importance. For me, managers are like lighthouses – showing the way and thus offering support, while employees are responsible for moving forward, preferably working as a crew. I wish you and your team every success!

© Claudia Kraaz

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