THE LEADER SETS THE TONE
The style and actions of the team leader have a great impact on team climate. You might even say, “as the style of the leader goes, so goes the climate of the team.” If the leader is open, relaxed and informal, then the climate of the team will be open, relaxed and informal since the leader sets the tone by his or her manner.
On the other hand, if the leader wears a conservative business suit, rarely smiles, conducts team meetings in a formal manner and, in general, is rigid in style and substance, the atmosphere is likely to be humorless and efficient, but not necessarily effective.
Some ways the leader can set a positive tone include:
Communicate a “can-do” feeling. You can make it clear that you believe that the ...