“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” - Andrew Carnegie
Not everyone is a born leader, and it is not an easy skill to learn. One sign of a good leader is the success of their teams and those teams' ability to function when the leader is not present. Managers who lead with trust, transparency, and honesty are typically much more successful than those that attempt to lead with fear and intimidation. Following are a few additional helpful hints for setting up successful teams.
Take time to get to know your team – Team members will bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table. They will have varying experiences, education, personalities, and ways of doing things. It will be important to know what motivates each member of the team what might have the opposite impact.
Communicate, communicate, communicate – Be open to new ideas and suggestions. Ask for feedback and opinions. Sometimes teaching employees to listen can be more important and complicated than getting them to provide input. Furnish everyone with the opportunity to be heard and not feel judged negatively for their thoughts. Provide proactive and constant feedback. Encourage members to share information with each other, as this will help foster trust within the team.
Define clear roles and responsibilities - It is important to clearly define the objectives and goals and what each member’s contribution toward those objectives will be. That doesn’t mean delegating every task. Open-ended projects and tasks allow members to determine the best solutions and encourages them to cooperate and solve problems together. Timeframes and deadlines should be set and adhered to. People take pride in ownership; so make sure team members own their tasks.
Encourage brainstorming – Sometimes the first answer isn’t always the right answer. Ideas evolve as different perspectives are considered and discussed. It's important to have a clear vision of the big picture from all angles and not just one little snapshot.
Celebrate successes with acknowledgement and rewards – Make sure that both individual and team efforts are acknowledged, recognized, and appreciated. Successes and milestones should be celebrated. People want to feel like they are making a difference and have a hand in the organization’s success.