Want to be a better more effective team leader?
Leadership aboard the superyacht is what sets the environment superyacht owners and guests will experience, and top captains and leadership know, they can always become a little bit better.
One of the first steps to developing into a better leader is developing your self-awareness. This ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drivers, as well as their effect on others, is a step that will continue to offer results to being a better leader.
Growing self-awareness is a process that involves development and understanding, and requires you move beyond such things as gender and age, and reach outside the box in order to see what is within.
You may be asking, why should I bother re-learning what I already know ? But the fact is, few of us have been taught much about self-awareness and rarely have a good read on our own ways of thinking, behavior styles, wants, needs or fears.
Globally recognized expert in the field of resilience research and performance, Dr Anna Rowley explains in her book ‘Leadership Therapy’:
“Self-aware leaders focus less on themselves than on the people they lead. They are acutely aware of the impact they have on others they work with and can change their behavior depending on the needs of a particular person or situation.”
For a superyacht to be a rewarding investment for an owner, the effectiveness of the crew (team) is imperative, and this comes from the effectiveness of its leadership, and the establishment of trust within that crew.
Fortunately building trust happens as you work on self-awareness in the individual and as a team. This can involve teams of leaders on board or a whole crew, and can be facilitated with the help of tools such as DISC or MBTI. In fact trust actually grows quite quickly here as the personality and behavioral profiling tools offer excellent ways to open up dialogue using their non-judgemental vocabulary.
Developing your leadership skills and self-awareness together with your crew creates an excellent vehicle to work on overcoming what Patrick Lencioni calls, the Five Dysfunctions of a Team:
- Absence of Trust
- Fear of Conflict
- Lack of Commitment
- Avoidance of Accountability
- Inattention to Results
Whatever tools or methods you use, consider the following suggestions as you continue your leadership development.
- Lead when necessary while staying flexible in your leadership style.
- Adapt your style based on the needs of the situation and evaluate and intervene as needed.
- Step back frequently to monitor team performance and communicate to owners and shore management to make sure your crew has the resources it needs.
- Intervene to protect your crew and its resources, and appreciate crew members by providing positive feedback.
- Balance development and positive feedback to grow crew cohesiveness and raise team morale.
- Develop individuals by coaching and help the team develop with open-ended questions using a non-judgemental language.
- Help create dialogue about what a team needs are to raise current performance levels.
- Engage your crew and introduce team building techniques to them through different levels of development, being aware of any group dynamics and culture.
- Reinforce results by celebrating successes, and stop to recognize results and exemplary performance.
Working on being a better leader offers the superyacht owner high returns on their investment, leadership an advantage over the competition, and crew engagement, safety and personal growth. Become a better leader today, because great leadership knows :