Steps to Building a Strong Team
Teamwork starts with the collaborative effort of a group of people working towards a common goal. One key element for success is building a strong team that are focused on collaboration. Many times, a team falls behind due to members focusing on their own effort and forget the people around them. However, an essential element of developing a strong team is having a group of individuals who are focused on a collective effort greater than themselves.
As a leader, you are sometimes given a team that has already been created. Other times, you are given the opportunity to create your own team. Either way, you have to start creating a vision towards building a great team.
Below, we share 5 steps to building a strong team:
Having regular meeting will make a big difference in a great team. Regular meeting will build rapport and helps to increase productivity. Having an open line of communication helps to share information and create a productive workflow.
2. Focus on roles
Knowing each team member strengths and weaknesses help you to fit them in the right role. Investing time to select and understand the team members who truly specialise in their role will benefit you in the long term.
3. Be their mentor
Leaders are always the one that everyone looks up to. Be a listener to their inspirations and challenges. They will feel valued, enthusiastic and positive in their working journey. Mentoring is fundamental to professional growth and success.
4. Know your team members
It is important to take time to know the people you are working with on your team. It can simply be having a chat over coffee or eating lunch together. Develop a relationship will help you to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know each other will strengthen the team and build a great culture.
5. Give feedback
Providing constant constructive feedback is one of the best ways to help your team to improve and grow. Keep it simple and don’t over complicate the process. Feedback is often more impactful when it is a two way communication and informal.
To have a successful team is not solely relying on the leader. But the effort and collaboration of the whole team. A leader inspire, guide and support the team towards a shared vision and a common goal. Good teamwork creates synergy and is arguably one of the most important aspect of a company’s success.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team” Phil Jackson
BY FRANK KUIJSTERS
Director – Digne Consult Asia Pacific