In Friday’s post, How To Transform Mid-Team, we talked about you how prepare your team for your evolving leadership style. But what if you also have new expectations for your team? Not only are you evolving, but you need them to as well. That’s even more difficult.
Perhaps you will be…
- asking them to make more decisions
- holding the team accountable
- stopping the sidebars in meetings
- surfacing the conflict
Resetting Expectations is a Process
The most important part is communication and consistency. Go slow enough to preserve the trust. Following these steps will help.
- Explain why you are changing expectations how did you reach this conclusion?
- Share your new expectations for you own behavior–what is changing?
- Be specific-what exactly are you asking them to do differently?
- Be consistent be careful to stay true to the new standards
- Ease into it– be clear on expectations, soft on people… give them time to grow into it
- Ask for feedback– listen and be willing to adjust the approach
This won’t happen overnight, and it will be messy. Keep the conversation open and learn along the way.
Please share your stories and comments. How do you work to reset expectations with your team? How do you help other leaders to do so?
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