FACILITATION SKILLS FOR LEADERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- April 2, 2018
- Posted by: Gloria
- Category: Uncategorized
Have you ever been in a leadership position that required coordinating a number of people working in your team? Are you the type of leader that brings out the best in your team members or the kind that makes them cower in fear too afraid to air their opinions? Leadership is an art that requires practice to master, and not everyone can be a good leader. A good leader is an excellent facilitator. He or she can handle wisely the frustrations that members of the group throw at them, aggregating and managing the individual differences of group members to ensure they work together to achieve common goals and objectives.
Being a leader comes with a lot of pressure that is why WayMaker Learning UK has put together this cheat sheet to show how best one can foster collaboration and inspire groups to reach actionable results.
- Collaborative Dialogue:
A leader guides or helps the group members through a process without necessarily imposing his or her ideas on them. He coordinates the efforts of the group using questions to draw out their inputs, offer alternative ways of interpreting their experiences while making sure every member gets carried along.
A good leader ought to learn to be very sensitive to the individual differences in the group with regards to age, culture, religion, and values that group members hold dear. Keeping in mind that the differences if adequately managed to avoid conflict can be of added advantage to the group.
Another facilitating skill every forward-looking group leader need is flexibility. If you are not open to new ideas and suggestions as a leader, it will be difficult to harness the talents and abilities of the group member. But there is a clause in this skill; know when to draw the line to avoid being pushed around. Set realistic boundaries.
- Emotional Intelligence/Empathy:
Emotional intelligence means merely being smart about feelings especially in your relations with others. A good leader who is also an active facilitator creates a safe and positive environment for every group member to thrive by showing compassion and understanding towards them. He is emotionally intelligent and has excellent listening skills to pay attention to listen, understand, decipher and get into the perspectives of group members.
As a leader, you need to be able to clearly explain to the people who work with/for you what their tasks are, your expectations and how they all tie to the broad organizational goals (the bigger picture). When workers have a better understanding of how the work they do contribute to workplace success, they tend to place more value on their work which motivates them to perform better.
Any leader who tries to do everything by his or herself will end up crumbling under pressure. Identify the strengths and skill set of your team members and assign tasks to them accordingly while you take care of the more critical tasks.
- Objective Feedback:
Learn to give feedback devoid of personal bias or sentiments to group members to help them identify areas they need to improve on and derive motivation from the ones they performed well. It builds self-confidence.
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