Gangs can be a problem. Use your project manager superpowers as a force for good and create project gangs that can work as high performing teams.
I love working with people and leading teams - remote or in person.
And yes, this is a good representation of just how diverse people can be given project and programme teams are generally made up of many different business areas!
Someone in finance is going to be very different from someone in Sales, HR very different to a developer and so on.
This means there is no one way to run a team, you need to adapt to those around you to make sure you get the best out of them and they get the best out of you. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all.
How? Well for starters, you need to think like a leader! Backed up by a Forbes article on this very topic (see link to their full article below), I list my favourite 5 leadership tips below:
INSPIRE - You need to be able to inspire your team, to create energy and enthusiasm for not only delivering, but for working together to achieve common goals. Do NOT pit people against each other. Do NOT create a competitive atmosphere. DO create feelings of unity and equality.
MANAGE CONFLICT - People are different and these differences can become even more apparent or exaggerated under pressure. Do NOT leave differences to simmer. DO ensure that issues are addressed quickly and fairly. DO focus on cooperation.
COMMUNICATE - Your team needs to know what it is doing and why. They definitely need to know information on progress, mistakes and learnings but they also need context DO ensure that your teams understand the end goal, the mission and vision of what you want to achieve. Don't keep information to yourself. DO ensure your people are always up to date and informed.
BE DEPENDABLE - Your teams need to know that they can trust you, that you have their backs and will support them when they need it. Do NOT play the blame game. Do NOT bully or intimidate people. DO fight fair and stand in their corner. DO stick to your promises.
TRACK PERFORMANCE - No one is perfect and mistakes happen. People on projects also tend to have day jobs too. Obviously, a good way to track progress is via the project plan and their tasks and deadlines but what do you do if they are falling behind? Do NOT point fingers in meetings. DO talk to them one on one to fnd out why they are struggling and if they need help.
You can read a Forbes article on this topic here: https://bit.ly/3qkbfVh
Blinkist Magazine has a list of 'Best Leadership Books https://bit.ly/33AcO7M
A couple of books that are on my list to read next:
"Global business leader and national bestselling author, Robert Glazer, believes we all have a responsibility to each other: to give one another the inspiration and support we need to be our best. What started as a weekly note known as Friday Forward to his team of forty has turned into a global movement reaching over 200,000 leaders across sixty countries and continually forwarded to friends and family.
In FRIDAY FORWARD, Robert shares fifty-two of his favorite stories with real life examples that will motivate you to grow and push you to be your best self."
"Frances Frei and Anne Morriss offer a different worldview. They argue that this popular leadership advice glosses over the most important thing you do as a leader: build others up. Leadership isn't about you. It's about how effective you are at empowering other people—and making sure this impact endures even in your absence.
As Frei and Morriss show through inspiring stories from ancient Rome to present-day Silicon Valley, the origins of great leadership are found, paradoxically, not in worrying about your own status and advancement, but in the unrelenting focus on other people's potential."
*Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and will make a small profit from any sales but I only recommend books have either read or want to read!