Andrew Carnegie sums up Teamwork brilliantly. “Teamwork”, he says “is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Whether in the workplace, sports arena or social organization, team building requires a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others. Team building requires the management of egos and their constant demand for attention and recognition. Team building is both an art and a science and the leader who can consistently build high performance teams is worth his weight in gold.
Here are six ways successful teams are built to last:
1. Be Aware of How You Work
As leader of the team, be extremely aware of your leadership style and techniques. Make sure you are leading from a position of strength, respectability and flexibility.
2. Get to Know the Rest of the Team
Make the time to get to know your team – the real assets that each member brings to the table, those they leave behind and those yet to be developed.
3. Clearly Define Roles & Responsibilities
Now, don’t assume this is an easy step; in fact, you’ll often find that people’s ideal roles lie outside their job descriptions. Each team member’s responsibilities must be interconnected and dependent upon one another. A team should operate as a mosaic whose unique strengths and differences convert into a powerful united force.
4. Be Proactive with Feedback
Feedback is simply the art of great communication and should be proactive and constant. Many leaders are prone to wait until a problem occurs before they give feedback.
5. Acknowledge and Reward
People love recognition, but are most appreciative of respect. Take the time to give your teammates the proper accolades they have earned and deserve to make them more purposeful.
6. Always Celebrate Success
Leaders are only as successful as their teams and the great ones know that with the right team dynamics, decisions and diverse personalities, everyone wins in the end. You must take the time to celebrate success.
Team building and team work is the key driver in organizational productivity. The days of the lone warrior corporate hero who could carry an organization to Fortune 500 lists with his charisma and genius are finally over. Organizations must now build teams with people of complementary skills to work towards achieving the corporate objectives and goals.
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