One of the best ways to create an empowered culture within your organization or team is through healthy oversight meetings. As the name suggests, these are scheduled times to discuss organizational matters as well as connect and engage with those you lead.
There are two types of oversight meetings: individual and team. Today we will focus on team oversight and provide you with some principles to help you connect and grow with your team, no matter the size.
Communicating in oversight meetings is about staying focused on the big picture—the WHY—as it keeps your team committed to the overall vision while working through projects and tasks.
The information communicated should be that which applies to the entire team and not centered on an individual. Your communication should speak to anything that affects how your team functions as a whole and address ideas or solutions for any changes or transitions.
Another important aspect to consider is the frequency of your oversight meetings. Whether an individual or team oversight, frequency matters. We recommend weekly meetings until you’re established and working well as a team. Oversight meetings also give you a chance to gain and give insight. So, the more frequently you meet, the more perspective you and your team will have, and better perspective leads to greater effectiveness.
One of the greatest hindrances to teams functioning at a high capacity is sarcasm. It creates walls and causes those you lead to hold back their ideas, contributions, and feelings in fear that they will become the brunt of a joke in the next team meeting. Instead, look for ways to cultivate healthy connection and engagement that leads to building doorways into the hearts and lives of those you manage and work closely with.
In addition to developing connection within your team, find ways to intentionally use your influence to connect others in bigger ways. As a manager with a unique sphere of influence, oneof the best ways to help inspire growth and strengthen your team is by sharing your network with those you manage. In other words, be generous and share your relationships with others.
As a high-level leader or manager, don’t become too busy to check in on your team. Stay abreast of how they and their families are doing and, to some degree, where they personally stand relationally, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
As you lead your team, make room for vulnerability. Practice intentionality and stop to listen, acknowledge, and show empathy, as you will accomplish more through a healthy team than you will with a hurting one.
Celebrate your team for their accomplishments and victories, small and large. You may ask,
“Why do I have to celebrate people for doing their job?” The answer is simple: You get what you reward.
When you celebrate those you lead from a place of deep gratitude and genuine appreciation, it creates a space of vulnerability where team members then feel free to celebrate each other.
As you focus on leading and developing healthy leaders and teams, remember that the goal is to develop the WHOLE leader—their emotions, heart, and the work of their hands. As you pray and ask God to lead you on this journey, we believe He will show you how to successfully grow and develop your team.
We’re empowering leaders like you, to create a reproductive leadership culture wherever you lead. We’re growing the whole leader—sharpening leadership skills while strengthening the heart.