2 Setting clear objectives

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A key part of being an effective team leader is setting clear objectives from the outset so that you—and, most importantly, those reporting to you—can focus attention and energy on a concrete aim. This might be anything from a long-term career ambition that you’ve got to a small but vital task for a team member.

In fact, it doesn’t really matter how big the objective is, as long as all the decisions you take and the activities you do are pointing in the same direction and leading towards the final target. So your team needs to know what’s expected of them. Once you’ve all achieved your first couple of aims, you can start ...

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