Teams are not made in a day or two, It takes hard work, commitment and humbleness to build a team. By definition a team is any group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to accomplish a purpose or a goal, however, in reality, a team is much more than that….it brings the competencies, skills, and bandwidth to achieve organizational objective.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford.
Let’s look at some of the ways that can help you build a team and foster teamwork.
Ways to build a good team:
Be an impactful leader
As a leader of a team, you must be well aware of your leadership style and techniques. Are they effective? Will your team accept it. Evaluate yourself and be critical about where you can improve and make yourself acceptable to your team.
Your ability to lead a team is defined by how much you develop yourself. As a leader, you need to focus on your personal growth, constant learning and invest time in getting better.
An inspired leader is inspirational. Upgrade your skills by reading books, online training coaching, listening to podcasts etc. As the saying goes “Leaders are readers and readers are leaders”. One of my personal favorites are books like “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and lot of other books and video by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith on leadership, can help you to a great extent.
2. Understand your team and build rapport
Knowing your team is very crucial for team’s success. Take time out to know them, understand them and their strengths, capability – the real assets that each member brings to the table and those yet to be developed. Deploy people according to their strength and Build a team that is strength focused. A lot of people make this mistake of working on weaknesses rather than the strengths of their team.
When I build teams, I focus on the key strengths and building a complementary team. One of my own experiences with team building was using a tool called “Disc Profiling”, wherein we identified the strengths of each member in the team which helped to assess the team’s strength and what we found that best performer had certain key characteristics. We then recruited people according to those characteristic for those particular roles. They inevitably did much better and were a natural fit. Learn how to hire the right team member
3. Define key role and responsibilities
Once you know you your team, it would be much more easier to set up the duties and responsibilities. Aligning responsibilities could be a tricky task though. You need not have the best to do your job. Working on the inherent talent of the team members and bringing the best out of them defines a good leader.
Assigning roles and responsibilities is a crucial part of team management and a powerful way to boost your productivity. While most people think they know how to delegate I have found them to be ineffective because they miss crucial steps. With These seven steps you can become an effective delegator.
4. Communicate frequently with your team
Constant and clear communication is the key to a successful team. This includes setting expectations. Talking about the team’s performances, daily plans, targets, addressing your team concerns. Setting up a friendly and positive atmosphere to work. It is eventually communication that will help you eliminate differences if any between the team members.
Consistent and frequent communication clarifies what is important and also to build recognition. Most leaders tend to under communicate. It requires consistent repetition in order for people to understand the importance. Be clear about the priorities. When leaders are not clear about priorities they create confusion in the team.
5. Celebrate success and failure
Success and failure are part of everyday life and should be taken positively and acknowledged. If your team thrives hard for a project, they deserve to be appreciated for the hard work they put. Even failures need to be analyzed in a way that the team works towards achieving the best. Acknowledge people who are doing a good job publicly and recognize their efforts. Making the team realize their efforts are being noticed is very important for team’s success. Learn how to have happy and engaged employees
At the end of the day, It’s the team that makes your organization. Happy and satisfied employees can make your business grow and be successful.
How many of these steps are you following? Try and analyze yourself as a leader and the team you are managing. Like, share or comment below.