In the first part of this series, I focused on growing your team by bodies and headcount.
But sometimes that is not an option, you simply can’t go out and get more bodies — you don’t have the money, you don’t want to disrupt the team, you can’t take on the additional workload right now — pick your reason, it’s valid and sometimes growing by numbers is not an option.
But you can still grow your team.
Grow By Skill
When we talk about levelling up, we are always talking about skills. Skills are what makes us better, force us to grow and learn more. Your job as the team leader is to figure out what those skills are that will help your team grow.
Where are the gaps that need to be filled?
Where are you spending too much time with little value?
What’s coming down the pipe?
These are questions that you always need to be asking yourself because they matter to your team growth in what they can achieve, together. However, as the leader, you also need to be cognizant of what each member of your team wants to achieve and how they want to scale up.
What are their goals?
What do they want to achieve?
Where do they need help?
These are the questions that you need to put everyone on your team to help them grow. These are the questions that will help you understand what they feel is important and give you a better understanding of how best to better align them to your team's goals and development.
Growing by Skill is harder because it takes much more leadership skills than growing by numbers which are more of a managerial exercise. Growing the team by skill requires looking at each team member to identify what they are good at, where they want to grow, how you can help them and where they go from here.
It’s a long game.
And not everyone can play the long game.
It requires putting together a plan (based on the answers you have from the above) and putting it into practice with each and every member of your team. It means bringing them into the endeavour so they aren’t an adjunct to the problem, but they are part of it, they are living and breathing it, they are buying into it and they want to own it.
Skills don’t happen overnight, nothing does, but the results from growing by skill can far outweigh what you do in the short-term if you only ever focus on growing merely by numbers.