Why build an effective team?
The importance of an effective team is critical for any organization. To build an effective team, a leader needs a foundation. Growing a team is a basic building block for achieving long-term success. An ideal team has several key characteristics. It starts with team members. Finding the right team members is critical in shaping team dynamic and culture. Team members that understand and respect, each others strengths and weaknesses. As a leader, you should foster an environment where everyone feels valued. Where their efforts work towards the accomplishment of a larger mission. Here are three principles that provide a foundation to a strong team.
1. Hire smart talent, but no jerks.
In simple terms, hire smart people. The brightest talent likes to work with other great talent. It is natural to respect talents that push your own growth. The biggest mistake to avoid though, is hiring someone who is jerk. No matter how smart you, no one likes to work with rude behaviors. The slow grind, of a negative influence from a rude team member can linger and unravel a healthy team.
2. Set goals, keep focus.
If you are shooting in the dark you are bound to miss every time. It is important to set clear goals to keep the team aligned and moving in the same direction. Always come back to these goals in a regular cadence. It is important to see progress, to keep motivation up. When you set goals, look for the win-win situations. The results that come from success for the team member and the team.
3. Invest, inspire, and have empathy.
In simple terms, care for your people. Check in with each member on a 1 to 1 level. Understand and help them with issues they may be facing. Invest in team members individual success, even if that means they may leave. The cost of not investing in your team will soar the longer you wait. Inspire and motivate your team to love their contributions. When team members find their meaning and fulfillment, they will achieve at their best.
Build an Effective Team
All teams are different, and there are many approaches to leadership. Yet, the principles listed above, have translated to effective and productive teams. Two final key points worth the mention include:
- Celebrate WINS! This is the moment where it all comes together, and the bond amongst members grows the strongest. Create visuals of goals, progress, and completion. The visual reminders will help in times of struggle.
- As team members grow in their careers, you will foster future leaders. It is this growth, that highlight the strengths of a transformational leader. Encourage the development of leadership skills amongst team members. Especially those members that desire growth as a leader.
This type of culture creates harmony. Genuine team harmony, where everyone is comfortable to excel at their potential. The bonds are tighter, and the energy is infectious, and results are worthy of celebration. Finally, please go out there to lead, build, and grow effective teams that create positive value in the world.