When a team works well together it can achieve far more than the sum of its parts - BUT much of how a team gels is down to you as the leader.
I am sure we can all remember being part of a great team – and, we all likely have horror stories we could share of teams we have been a part of that didn’t work out. The truth is that being a part of a team can be very rewarding when they work well OR a complete nightmare when they don’t – but I remain a passionate believer in teams!!
When a team works well together it can achieve far more than the “sum of its parts” That is why teams are essential for organisational growth and are worth the investment it will take to get them right. This is a lesson I have learnt many times over the years.
There are many barriers you will have to overcome to have your team work well: different personalities; different goals and agendas; different skills and knowledge levels; different commitment levels – to name a few.
This is where YOUR Leadership comes in – the success of your team will depend on how you lead them. Real leadership happens when you can get everyone working in their “sweet spot” and working together towards a single goal.
The other thing as a leader you will need to be good at is dealing with conflict. It is critical that any conflict within your team is dealt with in a way that resolves the conflict rather than growing the conflict. One thing as a leader you can do is invest in training in the area of conflict resolution
You will soon discover that the currency of good team work is trust. Without trust teams don’t succeed BUT, with trust at the centre, any team can overcome whatever gets thrown at them to achieve their ultimate goals.
Here are some ways you can build trust in a team:
You will also find though that Trust (sadly) is destroyed much quicker than it is built. Here are some pitfalls to avoid:
Teams function as well as the leader leads and, as the leader of your team, you set the culture your team will experience, and that culture will determine your team’s success or failure.
Do you have a good team, what do you need to add to make it better?