Two necessities for you to lead a great team
Leading a great team does not have to be complicated. In my view, there are two necessities to lead a great team:
- Authenticity: you need to be authentic for your team. Be yourself. Developers are too smart. If you are not authentic, then you create distance between you and your team. This is true for team members as well. Distance, gaps, walls are not paths to hyper-productivity and excellence.
- Collaboration: great teams are hungry to collaborate. Collaboration builds trust. Antithetically, if you don't collaborate, it will breed distrust.
Of course there are many other things great teams need: respect, courage, passion, critical thinking, and, of course, communication. Great teams also need a place or forum where they can say anything: like design sessions. In order to lead a great team, you need authenticity and collaboration.
Members of great teams are passionate, positive, and courageous. These members don't listen to their lizard brain either. Oppositely, toxic members can destroy great teams.
Being a part of great team is supposed to be fun. Are you doing it right? Is your team great?