Creating successful, effective teams is a difficult task. This includes sports teams, business teams, project teams, kids teams, adult teams… the list goes on and on. Although building a successful version of each of these types of teams is a tough task, it CAN be done! Deep down, almost everybody desires to be part of a winning team, so with a little extra attention and nurturing, it is completely possible to create a successful, effective, winning team. Here are three important elements to focus on to get you started...
Although it may sound a little harsh, you can’t just let anybody join your team. Since working in teams effectively requires strong collaboration and cohesiveness, it is okay to be picky sometimes. Luckily, right off the bat, you are able to have some control over the success of your team with the recruitment process alone. It is important to use careful recruitment to hire the right people who will work the best together. In order to do this, consider holding interviews in which you ask each person how they will fit in or mesh well with other team members. Although it is important to test each person on their skills and motivation, it is also important to test their ability to work well with others… especially others on your team. Be sure that they fit the overall culture of your organization and that they possess strong people skills.
The best way to get the most out of your team is to manage them effectively. This includes but is certainly not limited to the following: Identifying and addressing individual and team needs appropriately; relating to individual team members on a personal level as necessary, without overstepping boundaries; and knowing when it is appropriate or necessary to manage and step in, and when it is better to simply oversee, trust, and allow decisive freedom. Leadership approaches and decisions should reflect the overall needs of your team. Keep this in mind and you can be sure to develop a confident and successful team. For more on effective management, be sure to check out our blog post, “10 Ways to be a Highly Effective Leader.”
Rewarding positive behavior and a job well done is a MUST. This demonstrates to your team that you are not just a manager, but a true leader and motivator for them as well. Showing your appreciation and gratitude, and rewarding your team and team members, is essential for boosting confidence, morale, and motivation. Furthermore, your team members are more likely to enjoy doing their jobs if they feel like they are being appreciated for their hard work. When a job done well is not recognized, it is very discouraging for team members. In essence, people naturally seek assurance, praise, and approval, so when they get recognition for their hard work, they are bound to work harder and better. For more on rewarding your team members and your team as a whole, take a look at our blog post, “7 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Corporate Team.”
Always remember the saying, "You are only as strong as your team." While individual strengths are great, they are not as strong as an entire team with collective competencies and capabilities. The idea of a winning team is to have complementary people with various skills working together to achieve common goals to the best of their abilities. In other words, winning teams are not made up of people who are the best, smartest, and fastest at everything. Rather, they are made up of a group of people who each have different skills and strengths, and are able to acknowledge and appreciate the strengths and skills of the rest of the team. If your team consists of these types of people, you are well on your way to developing a winning team.