Having a team of people in whom you have confidence backing you up and doing the work behind the scenes can allow you to take a break and just let things happen sometimes.As a leader make sure to follow up with them, but also trust them to do their job, and they will thank you for it.
Create a detailed plan so that each person knows what they are supposed to be doing.
Perhaps it is just personal preference, but I am much more productive when I know what I need to do, when it’s due and how it fits into the grander vision.
This type of discovery is not possible without stepping away from our busy lives and taking the time for introspection, and it also requires having someone to allow us to do that.
I appreciate the people who trained me in that way, and I try to do the same for others. As important as it is to be a good leader, you will not be able to achieve much -- or at least not be able to make a lasting, long-term impact -- without a team to support you.
For usefull discussions, you may even want to have some members on your team who disagree with you on certain things (but not on the core messages of your organization).
Knowing the personalities, interests, motivations, passions, likes and dislikes of your team members is also very important for making sure that each one feels valued and that you use their strengths in the best ways possible.
Having someone have complete confidence in my abilities has been a very powerful motivator for me to lead others in much the same way.
Leading Teams in Multiple Settings You can find a lot of parallels between running a research lab and leading teams in various other settings, including nonprofits.
Collaborating towards a common vision is something I have tried to impart to any team that I have led -- and will emphasize with those I lead in the future. Most people are busy, and if you want something from them, it is best to let them know well in advance.
So give them plenty of notice for meetings or tasks you want them to perform and schedule meetings at a time when everyone can participate.