In today’s business world, teamwork has been identified as a building block in the life of every sustaining organization. The success of great businesses and organizations is highly dependent on the strength of a group of passionate people coming together to work as a team. And any leader that wants to thrive in her leadership position must understand the pathways and embrace the skills needed to build and lead an effective team.
Teamwork is important to the growth of businesses and organization because it brings a group of talented and passionate people under one umbrella to achieve a collective goal enhanced by shared values and a sense of purpose. However, while building effective teams is very important, it takes time and sustained courage, it requires more than a lip serviced commitment to teamwork; it requires input from leaders across the board to foster it.
Without team building skills, business leaders risk limiting the productivity of their employees to what each member can do on their own, whereas if they foster team building, they can unite their team around a common goal, which will raise the organization’s overall productivity, as a result.
Listed below are steps business leaders can utilize in building effective teams in their organizations
- Define the purpose
In life, everything that has a meaningful impact must have a purposeful beginning. In building a team, you must define the purpose and vision from the outset. You must start off by identifying why the team must exist. It is this purpose that will attract good team members to you. It is this purpose that will drive the team members to excel. When a team lacks purpose and vision, it is almost certain that it has failed from inception. And team members will find it difficult to give their best because there is no driver.
Every great business that has made an impact in our lives started out with a purpose. Today’s Microsoft, Apple and Amazon started with a clear and simple purpose. It was these purposes that made them attract the incredible minds that helped them become impactful businesses today.
As a business leader, you must have a purpose that is compelling enough to bring in good minds into your organization. Without this, you might not be able to form a team that will change the world.
2. Identify the talents needed
Every vision needs missionaries for actualization. After defining the purpose of your team, you must step out and identify the talents needed. Talent identification is very important to the success of a team. As a business leader, you must understand that not all good talents must be brought into your team. Only those whose talents are immensely beneficial to the success of your team must be brought in.
You must also look out for those who believe in your vision and are passionate as much as you do. You must also look out for talents whose characters are in consonance with your organizational values. This is very important.
3. Inspire trust and confidence
To get the best out of your people, you must inspire trust and confidence. You must show that you trust in their abilities and believe in the success of the team. People follow whom they feel comfortable with. People like to work with a team leader that radiates confidence and self-belief.
Today’s business world is tough. It is very easy for team members to lose their passion when the success of the team seems far ahead. As a team leader, you must always radiate confidence and make your people believe that success, no matter how far it seems, is very possible and attainable. A team is not a group of people working together. It is a group of people who trust, respect, help and support each other.
4. Set a compelling strategy.
The success of any team is dependent on its result. And this result is dependent on the strategy set by the team. As a team leader, you must set out bold, clear and actionable strategies that the team members can easily work with. You must put down things on paper. Don’t just form a team and hope that they would succeed. In today’s business world, hope is a failed strategy.
Strategy aids execution and enhances attainment. Your team must work with a good strategy relevant to its success. And this strategy must be clearly understood by all team members for effective execution.
Your team members will not give you their best when they don’t have a blueprint to work with. The best they would do is come up with different strategies which they feel will work. When this is done, chaos will set in. True success is not formed in the presence of chaos; success comes in the presence of order.
Do you have a strategy for attainment in your organization? Is it clearly understood by all your team members?
5. Set expectations and communicate them clearly.
After defining the team’s strategy, you must set the expectations and communicate clearly these expectations to the team members. This cannot be relegated to the background of irrelevance. Every team member must be given a task based on their areas of strength. Assigning responsibility brings out the best in people. You must make your team members responsible for a task. And make them accountable to other team members. When this is done properly, they will learn to own their jobs and do all in their powers to work effectively. No one wants to be the reason for the failure of his or her team.
6. Monitor and review progress
As the team has been functional, you must set out days to monitor and review its progress. You must make sure your team members are in line with the vision. It is easy for some people to fall out of the team’s objective because of fatigue and stress. This can be found out in review sessions and be properly addressed.
7. Celebrate the wins and accept the failures
You must celebrate the successes of your team, no matter how little. Celebrating your people gives them the belief that you really care about them. It certifies that they are a huge part of the wins. Some team leads are in the habits of gladly receiving the accolades of their team and blaming the team members when things go wrong. This is very bad.
As a team lead, you must understand that people thrive in places where they are celebrated not where they are tolerated. Your team members want to be recognized and accorded with a high level of significance. Give them these and watch them go the extra miles for your sake.
Are you a business leader? These steps can help you build a formidable team.