The success of any project or task depends greatly on a good team. I have seen organizational goal getting failed or not achieved because there was no effective team.
Team Leader constantly struggles for getting the work done but in the absence of a well-collaborated team the work often gets delayed, as a result, this raises tension with the client. A team without an inspiring vision continues to work without any clear expectations, ownership, support or motivation.
Building an effective team is much more than just bringing together a group of talented individuals. A performing team requires the following three aspects: a good Leadership, Ownership, and Relationship. Only then, one can hope to achieve organizational goals.
What is a Team?
A team is a group of persons having complementary skills, associated to achieve a common purpose or goal. To be an effective team, all members must unite together to fulfill an inspiring vision, and contribute with 100% commitment and hard work.
What’s the Purpose of a Team?
When we are competent to do it ourselves then, why do we need to form a team???
A team is required to achieve a common goal by achieving the specific functional tasks. A team not only helps in improving better customer service but also helps in resolving problems, taking fair decisions, fine-tuning the processes and fill the knowledge gaps.
Benefits of a Team Work
A team helps to achieve more accurate, innovative and practical solutions to problems.
A team helps to enhance productivity and nurture individual’s performance.
Distribution of Work Load
A team, it is much easier to find solutions for complicated and difficult problems as work is shared, bringing share knowledge base and talent. Also, distributed work in a team makes the workload less on individual members, hence saving on time.
Different & New Ideas
Team members bring in different and new ideas to help complete the task and solve problems better and faster.
Teamwork helps improve an organization decision-making process. In a crisis, members discuss among themselves and take consensus decision to arrive at a solution.
In a team, a group of people with different experience and knowledge comes together. They exchange knowledge and each proposes better ways to accomplish results.
It induces ownership for the organization, both collectively and individually thus, making members more responsible and interested. Appreciate the achievements and celebrates the success of each other as it is fun and motivational to work as a team.
Teamwork establishes a healthy competitive environment. Along with helping and motivating each other, members challenge each other to perform better.
How to Build an Effective Team?
In today’s competitive world, the success of an organization is more dependent on team efforts. An individual may be proficient in managing himself or herself but there is a significant challenge in developing the same qualities for success within a diverse team.
To transform a struggling team to become effective can be achieved by focusing on three key areas: Leadership, Ownership, and Relationship.
For managing an effective team one has to be an effective leader. A good leader is the one who leads from the front:
Contextualizing the Team Contribution
Many times, a team isn’t able to understand the importance of having a team and how this is going to help in attaining the organizational goal. A good leader contextualizes their members in understanding their role and responsibility to attain the set goal.
Defining the Team Goal
For any team to succeed, it is important to understand the expectations from them. It becomes easier to process and meet the goal if team expectation is clear to team members. It’s a prime role of a leader to set team expectations and make the team members clear about their role and responsibilities.
A leader needs to effectively communicate the information within a team. Effective communication including good listening helps the member in understanding the requirement, their contribution and finding out better solutions. This also helps in building better processes to achieve the goal.
Inspiring & Motivating the Individuals
One of the important roles of a leader is to keep their members inspired and motivated. An individual’s good work must be praised to keep them motivated. Also, the leader should counsel their members regularly so that they feel supported.
Delegating and Problem Solving
Delegate the work as per individual’s strength. In case, if any problem arises it’s better to give a chance to other members of the team to look into it and resolve the problem. This helps to develop their competencies and contribution within the team.
Setting the Ground Rule
Once the expectations are set, the ground rule for efficiency and success can be outlined. This includes work style and deadlines.
Taking ownership of any task is one of the key factors in achieving the goal. Every individual in a team should take ownership and complete the work on time.
Role of a leader
A good leader is one who not only leads from the front but also acts as a good team member. He/She makes team members realize about every member’s contribution and, the consequences of not taking the ownership.
An Individual or Team’s contribution
Taking the ownership of any work is not only leader’s responsibility but ownership of work must be taken by every individual and the whole team. A team who takes the ownership and support their leaders always gets success in achieving the goal.
The most important aspect of building an effective team is having good relations and trust among the team members. A healthy relationship demands respect and value from people irrespective of different opinion, experiences and background.
The diverse thinking and decision-making in a team serve to achieve goals and strengthen relationships.
Build Relationship in Team
As a leader, we need to empathize with individuals in a team. To match employees expertise and competencies to a specific task, we should meet and know individuals likes, dislikes and what motivates them.
Involve Team in Decision Making
Try to involve your team as part of decision-making. This will not only help in taking a fair decision but also builds trust.
Resolving the Conflict
Resolving a conflict in an unbiased manner always maintains a cohesion in a team.
Team building activities create a strong team bonding in a team. Team bonding can be developed by:
• Celebrating the achievements.
• Celebrating the social events like Birthdays, Anniversaries.
• Organizing outdoor events and activities.
• Recognizing and appreciating good work.
• Sharing knowledge.
Building an Effective Team is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader as well as an individual. It is a not a one time job but it is a perennial process within an organization. A team helps build trust, motivation, resolve conflicts, improve productivity, improve team bonding, creates a healthy environment, create a knowledge sharing platform and, most importantly achieving the organizational goals.