rp_iStock_000005932499success-puzzel-piecel1-300x199.jpgAs the “S” in TIGERS, success is one of the most exciting aspects of business. When you take risks as a leader, the hope is that they will work out and your business  experiences success. But success can sometimes seem elusive and hard to grasp, so leaders need to be strategic and intentional with their approach to tasks. With specific  team building strategies, leaders can increase the likelihood for success in their businesses.

Some team building strategies that lead to success are:

Go big.

When reaching for success, many leaders make the mistake of setting their sights too low. Leaders set themselves up for mediocrity when they allow their current situation and skill sets to dictate their goals for the future. As you progress as a leader, your toolbox will grow and you will be better equipped to handle different challenges as they arise. So when you are planning your long term and short term goals, take into account the growth changes that you will experience over the course of your career. And if you lack a particular skill that you need to reach your goal, go out and get it. You can’t reach your potential if you limit yourself. If you reach for a goal too far away and you don’t succeed, you’ll still likely end up further than you would have if you had initially set yourself a conservative goal.

Study the behaviors of successful people.

If you want to be a successful leader, it makes sense that you can learn from others who have already paved the way. By studying their behaviors and implementing some changes into your own life, you, too, may become a successful leader. Successful people start with a passion, and they don’t just have any 9 to 5 job that they easily clock in and out of. Leaders and entrepreneurs usually become that way because they see a need that isn’t being met, and they are passionate about filling it. And when they get started on this path, they are humble enough to seek help from others when they need it. Successful leaders are acutely aware of their own strengths and areas for improvement, and when they know that someone else can produce a better outcome than they can in one area, they delegate or ask for help to get the job done in the best way possible.

Unplug before bed.

With smartphones so prevalent in daily life, the line between work time and home time has been blurred. Many people spend a lot of their personal time answering work emails or handling other work-related issues from home. This can be detrimental to their mental health and stress levels notes the leadership training program, Melting Your Stress within 30 Days. When sleep is affected, people are not as alert the next day and are not as able to handle issues as they arise. The blue light from smartphones, laptops and TVs is affecting the brain’s ability to shut down at night, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Successful people understand the importance of sleep and their mental health, so they put the phone away a few hours before bedtime and engage in other calming activities, like reading or listening to music.

Quit over-promising.

One bad  habit that many leaders struggle with is over-promising.  Learn to delegate.  When a leader or a business is new, those in charge sometimes feel that they need to prove to themselves, their employees and their clients that they belong and are the right person for the job. So they over-promise, over-commit or exaggerate their skills. This can only lead to suffering when the leader fails to back their claims. Instead, leaders need to have a clear understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the time it takes to complete tasks or reach goals. Then they need to be able to delegate and ask for help when they need it so they always meet their deadlines and product goals.

Focus on execution.

After great ideas are in place, successful people know how to focus on execution to get the job done. One of the main ways to do this is by making a detailed plan that is endorsed and developed by the people implementing it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple idea or a complicated one, a detailed plan ensures that every detail is considered to get the job done. Include your mission statement, goals, objectives and strategies in all plans, and include a plan for your budget or resource list for larger ideas. As you move along toward your goal, view your plan as a living document that changes with the project, updating in areas that aren’t working out well. An excellent training program that goes through how to develop an empowered plan development process with high levels of team accountability is the 6 Principles that Build High Performance Teams Leadership Training Program.  This program takes leaders through a start to finish process that limits failure and promotes success.

Success is one of the most exciting aspects of business, but it is not a guarantee from hard work. There are strategic approaches that leaders can implement to improve their chances for success. Some excellent team building strategies include: setting big goals, studying the behaviors of successful people, unplugging before bed, quitting over-promising and focusing on a competent planning process that enhances execution.

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