Andrew Carnegie once wrote, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” If you would like to achieve uncommon results, here are 5 basic steps that you could start to make for a great foundation to a stronger team.
1) Having Clear Goals
Make sure that the goals of the team are known to each and every team member. It gives each member a reason for working hard as they know that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They do not just go about their days pointlessly and feeling unmotivated. For a team to reach its full potential, each team member must be ready to subordinate his or her personal goal to the team’s goal. Writing down the shared goal and pinning it up somewhere where everyone can see it will reinforce the idea that everyone is working together and no one is being left behind.
2) Having A Respected Team Leader
A strong team needs to be led by a trustworthy and respected leader. The leader provides the overall guidance to all members and leads by example. Being respected, the team members will look up to the leader and follow orders willingly. People achieve more as a result of working with others rather than against them.
3) No Micromanagement
Give members the freedom to do things their own way. Micromanagement would only lead to dissent in some team members and drive them away. Have a healthy balance in managing members without suffocating them by asking them to do everything the way you do it. If the end result is the same, why not let them do it the way that they like to do it? By giving them a choice in how to do a task, it provides them with empowerment and this leads to accountability to their work. However, do monitor them and rein them in if they stray too far from the path.
4) Value Each Team Member
Everyone likes to be valued. By offering appreciation to each team member, individuals feel more included in the grander scheme of things. Dropping a short email note of gratitude to your fellow team member or giving them a grateful nod and a pat on their back, these are small ways to make someone feel valued. Bonds are strengthened and even if some team members do not like each other personally, they would be able to put their personal differences aside for the greater good of the team.
5) Good Communications
A strong team has team members who interact more efficiently with each other and perform their job duties better. Poor communication within the team might cause misunderstandings that would lead to internal strife. A team that wastes time resolving conflicts would spend less time on more productive tasks. Developing a strong communication system eliminates misinformation and cuts down conflict. Having good communications within the team also keeps every team member abreast of the team’s progress. Without communication, members might feel confused as to what is expected of them, and they might also feel unmotivated as they do not understand how their day to day’s tasks are contributing to the organisation.
With these 5 steps, you can be sure that your team would be better than yesterday. A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way. Synchronise your team members and a stronger team would gradually emerge.