It matters to the organization, to the team members and the people working with each other directly and indirectly. That is why it is important that every team member respects each other.
If you are a leader, this is how you can support your team and raise their morale:
Treat your team well, and they will treat you the same, if not better. There is a reason why you are the leader. It is because you are meant to show them a good example. Lead them without arrogance and teach them with humility. You may be their leader, but it does not mean they do not deserve proper guidance and respect. Show them that you got to where you are not by being a boss but by working well with others.
Don’t criticize in public
Constructive criticism may always be appreciated, but it does not mean it has to be done in public. Avoid embarrassing your people and provide feedback and criticism in private instead. Not only you will be more respected, but you will also motivate your team more. If you want to praise them, on the other hand, it is best to do it in public. It creates a positive impact on your team and the people witnessing your act.
Show your support
Support your team by giving them a hand when they need it. Encourage them, motivate them and help them develop their full potential. Do not hold them back, allow them to be who they are. As they grow, you grow, and it is the team’s growth, too.
You may be the voice that they follow but do remember that you are not the only voice in the team. Listen to suggestions and recommendations and then consider them. That is what matters. Hear their thoughts, even their complaints. They have them for a reason, and it is important that they are addressed as early as possible, so that everyone can go back to their duties and responsibilities the soonest.
Celebrate success together
Your success is their success, and the team’s success is everyone’s success. Celebrate together, as a team, and give credit to where and whom it is due. Without each other, success may not be possible, but by working together, you can achieve the impossible. As you celebrate success, you may also experience failure at some point. Don’t point fingers. Find out what went wrong and learn together as a team so you will all do better next time. After all, we are only as good as our team.
In the end, a team can only be successful if its members are of the same mind.