When you start a new position as a leader with new team members, one of the first things you should do is to connect with each individual. This allows you to start building a relationship and trust with them. It will also give you an idea of who they are and their role on the team.
This is important to do because your team members will not buy into you or your vision without knowing you have their best interest in mind. It comes down to people feeling and knowing they are valued and cared for. It is true when John Maxwell says, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This all starts with connecting with your people. This can be done by sitting down with each individual and asking them questions. Some of the questions you might want to ask are,
- What has been your greatest contribution on the team?
- What was your greatest mistake while on the team?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Do you still want to be a part of the team?
- Where do you see yourself within the organization and team in the next 5 years?
- What training would allow you to become better at your current position?
- Who has influenced or impacted your life?
- What is the current condition of the team?
- What are your passions?
- What would you change within the team or organization?
- If you had the choice would you stay in your current position or choose to move to another position on the team?
Asking these questions will allow you to connect and understand each individual and where the team is at.
Question: How do you connect with a new team or someone who has just joined your team?