7 Elements for a Successful Team
The goal of any team is to work as a cohesive unit to achieve a common goal. The elements for a successful team promote teamwork that can give any company an advantage for success. Leadership should promote the concept of teams to ensure the company is positioned to develop, expand, and support projects that align with the mission.
Use teamwork as the ultimate competitive advantage. With strong effective teams, the corporate climate is robust enough to welcome new players or take on opposition when necessary. Every team is unique and with positive workplace culture, the sky’s the limit.
Here are seven elements for a successful team:
Strong teams start with great communication. Team leaders can encourage and validate progress. Most importantly, team members must be on the same page in order to operate efficiently. Communicate clear standards and expectations to team members to ensure a clear understanding of the team objectives. Encourage discussions and listen to concerns and recommendations with openness to new ideas.
It’s imperative that every team member commits to the mission and purpose of the team. As a common goal, commitment is the cornerstone of teamwork. When team members understand the context of the plan, they are more likely to commit to success rather than to dwell on short term difficulties.
The best way to earn respect is to give it. The idea of mutual respect is a fundamental part of team building to develop relationships that yield productivity and results. Team leaders can set an example for employees by exhibiting a corporate culture that encompasses respect which leads to trust. With mutual respect, each member of the team feels their contributions are valued.
Teams committed to a common goal will hold each other accountable. If someone on the team isn’t pulling their own weight, team members will rally together and address why. As a unit, the team members collectively encourage each other to focus on the goal and support others who may not understand the importance of desired results.
Capitalize on the strengths of each team member. Utilize unique capabilities within the team and allow team members to focus on tasks that suit their abilities and experience. With the end result in mind, take time to access the individual skills of each team member and align skills with tasks that match their ability.
Create a network of support for the team. By supporting each other, a bond is formed that is invaluable to the team and continued professional development. When challenges arise, the support network can offer encouragement, help, and assistance as needed. On the other hand, support can also take the form of praise, advocacy, and inspiration that leads to pride and gratification.
With a strong team ethic, success is inevitable. Start with a clear plan that establishes how to achieve the objective as a group. Break it down further to analyze each individual’s contribution. Provide clear direction to all involved and meet regularly to discuss barriers, accomplishments, and pending tasks. Even if the information does not pertain to everyone on the team, keep a level of transparency whenever possible with all team members.
When employees work with a team mentality, it makes the company more powerful. Teams indirectly improve organizational effectiveness and develop working units that focus on goals and the company vision. Leaders in the company should show appreciation which can double as a motivator. Success is almost guaranteed when a team is happy about the leadership and values of the company.
Even with a great team, it must be nurtured continuously. To accomplish this, use Acendre Performance Management tools to track and monitor team activity. Contact us to learn more.
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