Great teams, companies, and organizations are forged by strong leaders who develop their culture and values at every opportunity. The idea of being a leader who brings out the best in those around them is what I call a TEAM leader. A TEAM leader is someone who values each individual and knows it is about the process as much as the result. The qualities of a TEAM leader are that they Teach, Entrust, Applaud, and Mentor.
First and foremost a great leader must TEACH. Your players, employees, and colleagues cannot execute the game plan without having the tools they need. In some cases a leader must teach the skills needed to do the job and at other times, the skill is there but direction is needed. No matter the circumstance, great leaders must teach what they want done effectively.
Once those being led have the skill and direction needed, a quality leader will ENTRUST them with the opportunity to do their job. Effective leaders empower and trust those around them to use their skills and talents. They don't micro manage every decision but leverage the expertise and experience of everyone on the team to bring out the best in the organization. Empowering others will ensure commitment and ownership of the process from everyone involved.
Teaching and entrusting others will also bring about opportunities to APPLAUD the efforts of your team. Great leaders understand that positive reinforcement boosts team moral and attitude. When those in your organization perform well, make sure to acknowledge their accomplishments. Focusing the credit for success on others will make sure your team knows you value their contributions.
Lastly great leaders will MENTOR their team by investing the time to make each individual better. Often mentoring means pointing out areas of deficiency and where a team member needs to improve. Once you have taken the time to teach, entrust, and applaud, your team will be more willing to take constructive criticism and take themselves and the organization to an even higher level.