Business leaders and non profit group leaders depend on strong team work for success. The challenge many face is how to effectively build a team.
Whether you are a new manager, supervisor of you have just been elected to lead a non profit group, one of the things you need to learn is how to effectively promote team work. Teams do not just happen overnight, they are a culture that is established within a business or an organization.
Having effective teams means that you will get more accomplished and find new measures of success. Here are some helpful hints to help with effective team building.
Know your team members
Not every person that is in a company or an organization can work together. Personalities sometimes to not mesh well and this can lead to a lot of disruption on any team. Knowing how your team members interact not just with each other, but with other people outside the team can help you create more effective teams.
Get involved and listen
Perhaps one of the best ways to build an effective team is to be actively involved in that team. Leading by example will show every member of the team that you care about the outcome of their project. Teamwork does not just happen overnight. It is a process that must be developed.
Team members must be nurtured to find out their strong points as well as their weak points. Allow every member of the team to have their say. Make sure that if there are members who tend to sit back and not say much to reach out to them and get them involved in discussions.
Defining the common goal
The first step in effective team building is making sure that everyone on the team understands the common goal. Team members need to buy into what they are doing. Strong leadership is required to “sell” a team on what they are doing in some cases, to make sure that the team stays on the same page. Once a common goal has been reached, it is critical that each team member understand their role in assuring that the team meets that goal.
Identify team strengths and weaknesses
Not every person on a team is going to have the same skills. Not every team member is going to be able to participate in every portion of a project due to not having certain skills. Identify early on each team members skill set and make sure that their participation in the team is designed to highlight their skills.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
The best team building tip is communication. Without effective communication, there can be no teamwork. Always make sure that every member of the team is updated on any changes, that they understand deadlines and that they know how other team members are progressing. Communication is the most important key to effectively building any team.
There is no “I” in team
It is important that all members of the team understand that this is not about them. Each individual will contribute to the overall success of the team while celebrating the accomplishments of the team as a whole. While each team member should be recognized for their individual accomplishment, the end game should be the same for everyone. One persons success is every persons success, one persons failure is everyone’s failure.
Team building is critical to so many things in business and in non profit groups. Do not overlook the importance of building a strong team who can work effectively together, communicate well and have a common goal.