Happy May! Last month we asked you to reflect on the question, “What makes a good Manager?” We had amazing discussions at our Lunch and Learn and found a common theme: Good Managers communicate with their team. From this base, we further defined what that means: communicating frequently, authentically, with a growth mindset, with curiosity, and with empathy.
In May, we’re going to continue with this theme of communication and effective leadership by exploring how you can leverage Truvelop’s modern performance management tool to connect with your team, no matter what your leadership style is. Everyone manages their team differently. It’s important to understand what benefits each style of leadership has and how you can facilitate those benefits in Truvelop.
Truvelop Tip: Be Creative with a Flexible Tool
The Truvelop platform is an incredibly flexible tool that allows you to creatively connect with your team. Depending on your leadership style, you may leverage some of these approaches more than others.
Manager Reflection Guide: If you’re a leader that benefits from self-reflection, make sure to utilize our guides to further your self-awareness and become an even better manager. Before diving into the different types of leadership, it’s important to note where you’re currently performing as a manager and leader. With our Manager Reflection Guide, you can self-assess your progress towards becoming an effective and inspiring leader
Team Member Dashboard: If you’re a visionary leader, you’re someone who focuses on the big picture. Connecting goals back to the organization’s mission or linking their progress to a core value can be a great way to flex your visionary leadership skills. Maybe you’re more of a coaching leader, meaning you’re someone who can quickly recognize their team members’ strengths, weaknesses, and motivators to help each individual improve. 71% of employees who believe their manager can name their strengths feels engaged and energized by their work, so referencing data can be a great way to inspire your team and build trust (Gallup). Leveraging Summary Reporting can be a great way to have a data driven conversation that focuses on progress and development opportunities.
Employee Resource Center: If you’re more of a hands-off leader, you can guide and support your team by asking the right questions and providing them with tools and learning resources. Asking questions shows an interest in learning and shows that you trust your Team Member, increasing their trust in you (HBR). Try attaching a Growth Mindset Reflection guide to a Spark the next time your direct report finishes a project. Or, after you finish an Evaluation, encourage them to check out What’s Next so that they can enter into the development conversation prepared to be an active participant.
There is no one right way to lead your team. That’s why here at Truvelop, we’ve worked to create a variety of tools and resources that allow you to connect with your team in a way that best aligns with your leadership style
Imagine a workplace where employees are inspired to stay longer because they are respected, feel valued and always know where they stand. An environment where real-time feedback and coaching are part of the culture.
A workplace that celebrates transparency, inclusion, and encourages frequent two-way communication. A workplace where every employee has a career path and knows how to get there because their Managers have provided tools for individual growth and development.
An environment where employees clearly understand where they are falling short and what they need to do to improve. A workplace where every supervisor and manager provides meaningful real-time feedback and coaching in the moment when it counts.
As a leader, you can create the best possible employee experience through consistent communication with each of your Team Members, so what is standing in your way?
TRUVELOP TIP: SPARK TO INSPIRE
With Spark, you can memorialize feedback and communicate with your team on the go. You can ensure that everyone is on the same page and leave room for updates, comments, and questions from your direct reports. With so many creative ways to leverage Spark, you can connect with your team in any way that best fits your leadership style.
Spark to Celebrate: Recognition can make a huge difference in how valued a Team Member feels. “In fact, companies with “high recognition” of their employees see a 31 percent lower turnover rate than those that don’t” (Entrepreneur). Take the time to share a praise Spark or post to the Recognition Wall to let your team know that they are appreciated.
Spark to Develop: Whether you’re setting goals, coaching your team, or reflecting on progress, leverage Spark to drive positive behavior changes. As a leader, you’re helping your team reach their personal and professional goals.
Spark to Check-In: When life gets hectic or you’re managing more people than you’re used to, it’s easy to place your focus exclusively on performance rather than the person. Rather than checking-on your team, try to check-in. It can be as simple as, “How are you?”, or “How is this project going? How can I help?” Showing your team that you care, not just about their work, but about their well-being can boost engagement and strengthen your relationship.
Spark isn’t meant to be a replacement for your face-to-face conversations, but can help everyone to stay connected in between your check-ins. Whether you are a servant, transformational, participative, or coaching leader, communicating with your team consistently and intentionally can help you to inspire and retain your team.