I have to admit that I’m more of a dog person, but the fact remains that leadership can sometimes mirror an image of herding cats.
You’ve seen the examples. Each group member is pursuing his/her own agenda or goal. Associates are competing with each other instead of working as a team. Team members aren’t communicating. Morale is not great and turnover is higher than it should be. What to do?
Cast a clear vision. Paint a picture of your desired outcome and the benefits of its successful achievement to inspire and engage an enthusiastic team.
Next, bring everyone to the same page and direct all efforts to the vision by aligning goals and objectives. Allow team members to give input to secure their buy-in. Participants achieve a sense of ownership when they are given a voice and allowed to provide ideas and strategies.
Finally, guard against the possibility of vision leakage. Use a variety of methods to keep the team focused and motivated. Restate and reinforce the vision frequently to keep it relevant, fresh and top of mind.