Align your team
One of the sure ways to feel calm as a leader is by aligning your team with your goals. Misaligned teams are hard to lead, aligned are not.
There is a lot to alignment and much of it should be included in your communication rhythms. But a easy way to create alignment is to set crystal clear goals.
Many people mistakenly only use stretch goals (as popularised by OKRs) but this leads to confusion as to what the base expectations are for your team.
We always recommend setting two overall goals for any employee on your team:
- A "Baseline Goal" that includes your base expectations for your team member. This goal should always be met and if not it is a clear sign to both parties of performance issues. This goal can then have as many sub-goals and sub-tasks dependent on the job to be done and just automatically update as these goals and tasks gets completed. This way you completely eliminate uncomfortable conversations of whether or not people are actually under-performing.
- A "Growth Goal" for reaching new heights. This goal are for the people on your team that wants to challenge them-self and grow (which is not necessarily everyone at any time - there are other things in peoples life than work). Again set ambitious sub-goals for this goal and see how far you can get. Growth goals should not always be met!