Great leaders build teams by increasing mutual trust, cooperation, and identification with the organization. Without these elements, no matter how talented or well-educated your employees are, achieving your company’s goals is certain to be a struggle.
So what does a great team look like? From my experience, it has shared goals, clear roles, a shared process of problem solving and decision making, the ability to deal with conflicts and disagreements constructively, and shared values. A good team may have some of these structural elements; a great team will have them all. It is up to you as a leader to make sure all of the elements are in place.
Like all coaches, a successful team leader needs a play book. That’s why I’ve developed a few team building guidelines that every leader should follow:
You know it’s the people in your organization who make your company unique. They set you apart from every other company out there, and they drive the company’s success. By developing strong teams within your organization, you empower your people with the ability to better solve problems and accomplish shared goals.
Creating strong teams may be one of the most important things you do as a leader. Do it right and you will lay the groundwork for success.
Rick Lepsinger is President of OnPoint Consulting and has a twenty year track record of success as a human resource consultant and executive. He was a Founder and Managing Partner of Manus, a human capital consulting firm, which he grew to over $4 million in revenue and sold to Right Management Consultants in 199... More info