Many businesses employ the use of teamwork in order to complete a project: teams are often able to complete the project quicker and more thoroughly than an individual would. A team that works well and efficiently together can be extremely successful, but a lot of work goes into building a team that performs coherently and holds a strong sense of team spirit. However, there are a number of basic factors that go into building a high-performance team.
Identify what it is that you want your team to achieve, and make sure it is clear and defined. Get team members involved in making this decision, and put together a team mission statement.
Communicate often with your team, letting them know about what is happening within the organization as a whole, as well as any changes in corporate objectives. Encourage your team to talk to one another when working on a project, and to share ideas and suggestions in an open environment.
Be an approachable leader or manager, so that team members feel that they can come to you with problems or suggestions. Being aloof or striking fear into your team will only provide a barrier to communication, which is what all effective teams are built on. Show interest and concern over the welfare and professional lives of your colleagues.
Make your team feel involved and important within the business by consulting them on decisions that need to be made. Ultimately, the final decision will lie with you, but by involving your team you are boosting morale and a sense of self-worth within its members.
Delegate tasks to employees. Carrying out an action is the best way to learn and gain skills, and delegating responsibilities and actions to team members can help them feel more involved in the success of a project.
Lead by example. Your team will be looking to you for advice and motivation, so set a good example by being passionate about your work and exuding confidence. This will instill confidence in your team.
Reward your team for a piece of outstanding work, or ongoing excellence. This can be in the form of bonuses, promotions or simply a free lunch.
Celebrate accomplishments as a team, and make sure colleagues and managers are aware when objectives are met.
Never berate or discipline a team member in public. This should always be done discreetly and in private.
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