Steps to Building a Strong Team

Building a Strong Team

The words like ‘Power’ and ‘Success’ can be used to determine the cut-throat business competition, however competitive work environment should not be built on employee’s fears. The longevity if the company lies when its employees have a teamwork mindset, each having a clear role and responsibility.

Being a successful directional manager is one thing, however inspiring and developing those qualities within a team is a totally different challenge. With the modern organizational setup, the hierarchy is flatter and the nature of work is more complex. With this shift, the companies are beginning to realize that the key to their success lies in effective teams.

There are certain key features that determine whether you have the right support to build strong effective teams.

Clear Leadership

The success of any team is dependent on clear leadership. Effective leadership defines:

Context: An effective team leader defines the context of each role and set clear objectives to reach the company’s goals. Each member of the team should clearly understand the objective to stay focused on the results.

Roles: Every member of the team should be clearly on board about their role and contribution to avoid mismanagement. Make sure you spend time to thoroughly pick up team members and the right talent that is needed to do the job. Invest time in picking people for specialized roles, it will pay off immensely.

Define Ground Rules: It is very important for every team member to be accustomed to your working style and for the team to function flawlessly. Define ground rules like deadlines, meetings, collaboration and timely communication. Encourage team members to make use of cooperate quotes and help each other to work effectively.

Clear Communication: Managers need to ensure good communication to facilitate teamwork, while also ensuring good communication within team members. This means handling meetings properly, giving everyone the chance to voice their opinions and inputs, and everyone getting right acknowledgement for their contributions.

Inspire: Eliminate the ‘I’ culture, ensure you are managing the team to maximize on their strengths. Recognize individual strengths and weaknesses and inspire them to learn new skills, strategies, and ways of working.

Delegate: While ensuring that you are capitalizing on individual strengths, ensure you are timely delegating to facilitate what is currently needed to pace up work. When troubleshooting is needed, encourage the problem solver and give team members the chance to fill other roles.

Recognize Contribution: A key leadership quality is to recognize good performance, ensure the team shares the limelight and the key performers shine.

OWNERSHIP

The key to being a great leader is taking ownership of actions and making sure that your team has your confidence in case anything falls short. Speak up for them to give them the motivation and encouragement to perform their best.

When discussing the objective of the project, ensure that individuals are given the opportunity to pick roles they specialize and enjoy, this gives them the ownership of tasks.

Relationships

Every great leader knows what buttons to push and when. Just like you need to hold yourself accountable for results and performance, make sure you get the time to understand your team and inspire camaraderie.

Make sure you address the difference, resolve conflicts timely and be available to motivate them in times of difficult situations. Investing time to understand your team means you know how they are wired to think and perform and what are their hidden expertise.

Celebrate Success – Do Team Building Exercises

People love being recognized for their efforts, and are very appreciative of the respect they get for their hard work.  The work environment has become so fast-paced that they are not taking time out to realize what reverberated to their success, and positively impacted people around them. Leaders fall into the trap of self-glorification because of the achievement of their team, and forget to celebrate the success stories that required marvelous efforts and sacrifices to achieve the needed goal.

In Conclusion

Teamwork is the ultimate competitive advantage for companies to survive in this cut-throat business environment. Building an effective team is not something that can be achieved instantly, it requires continuous guidance, feedback, motivation, and skill advancement. It’s an ongoing organic process that requires assessment, and evaluation. As this unfolds, the team members will begin to trust and collaborate effectively, and will be able to contribute profoundly with their skill sets.