10 Ways To Build An Outstanding Team

With those Inspection visits always just around the corner it is time to hack up your leadership & management skills to keep your head above the water. Here are 10 ways you can build outstanding team into your service everyday.

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Be a hands-on Leader.  Outstanding Leaders are those who unite their staff behind a shared purpose and who are open and transparent in their expectations and pursuit of excellence.

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Have clarity of vision. Always be 100% focused on the experiences of Children and Young People and be uncompromising in this ambition.

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Commit to Improvement. Always be willing to learn and ask ‘what could we do better?’

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Encourage Passion and Energy. Develop recruitment systems which will identify deeply committed staff members then inspire them to grow and develop.

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Stick to your Admission Criteria. Understand which young people will benefit from living in the home and create the conditions, from your first contact with the young person, this is most likely to make the placement a success

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Plan for Success.  Undertake meticulous planning that engages young people and responds in detail to their individual needs so that their experience of care is highly personalised, combined with a commitment to never ‘give up’ on a child or young person and to do everything possible to maintain the placement

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Banish the Desk Jockey. Ensure tons of Quality Time is spent with the children and young people individually and in groups so that they are able to develop meaningful secure relationships with the adults in the home, and with each other

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Absolute Consistency. Absolute consistency in the management of behaviour must be rock solid so that young people understand and respect the boundaries that are set and respond positively to encouragement, rewards and meaningful sanctions

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Unwavering Belief. Foster an unwavering commitment to support children and young people to succeed, and a belief in their ability to do so, translated into active support for their education both in the homes and in their partnerships with schools and other professionals

check_mark_blue_400_wht_3297Walk the Walk.  Work with each child or young person to build their emotional resilience and self-confidence, to prepare them for independence and enable them to withstand difficulties and set-backs in the future

Use these Ten Tips to build your Outstanding Resilience. If you are truly confident you are doing these things and you can evidence them then you are heading in the right direction. If not, then maybe today is a good time to start?

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Maggie Danesfahani

Social Care Consultant

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About the Author:

Children's social care consultant specialising in care regulation and compliance.


  1. steven anthony December 16, 2017 at 1:52 am - Reply

    How do i become outstanding at making others oustanding?



    • Maggie Danesfahani January 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Steven,

      Thanks for your question. The first thing I would do is take a look at what you have done already to inspire your team to get them where you want them to be? Then it is getting down to what you want them to achieve and demonstrating how they get there. Build in your outstanding objectives to your staff supervision and give them goals that you want them to achieve from each session that you have with them. Then monitor those goals don’t let them fall by the wayside and champion them to reach them.

      Don’t be afraid to take risks in pushing up the expectations and build on your teams strengths.

      Find out what it is that makes your team tick and use that to motivate them.

      Be pro-active and show initiative.

      All in all leading from the front and bringing your outstanding communication skills to the front to inspire and motivate others should help in the process.

      I hope this helps.

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