Everyone wants to be a part of an awesome team. The kind of team that works well together, assist each other with their workload, and has fun. That is no easy task.
The following tips can help you create that awesome team.
- Set Realistic Expectations
Why does the team exist? Do team members understand their roles? Do they understand their tasks? When expectations are not clearly set, and the roles not clearly defined and understood, the team won’t be able to focus on the tasks and goals. The success of the team in many ways depends on realistic expectations.
- Build Strong Leadership
A failure or success at collaborating reflects the team’s leadership. If the manager has an innovative approach to team building, demonstrates collaborative behaviour, and supports creativity, the teams are focused and efficient and they achieve results and perform well. Innovative leaders who are supportive, flexible, and task and relationship oriented lead the most productive teams. In addition, empower your team members to show leadership. When team members are given authority and autonomy to get work done on behalf of themselves and their colleagues, they accept greater responsibility for the results.
- Create Trust
Innovation and creativity thrive when people trust each other and have trust in their manager. If employees don’t feel trusted and respected, they will not participate or share their ideas. Ideas for creating trust among team members include being honest, eliminating conflicts of interests, trusting teammates (you must trust them before they will trust you), giving the team members the benefit of the doubt, and providing them with a second chance when they make a mistake.
- Communicate Openly and Effectively
Effective communication is imperative, both in the office and in life. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also know the importance of listening. As a manager, you have to obviously communicate verbally but just as important is nonverbal communication. Your body language, eye contact, hand gestures, and tone set the mood for the discussion.
- Acknowledge and Reward
People love recognition, but are most appreciative of respect. Take the time to give your teammates the proper accolades they have earned and deserve. When people are acknowledged, their work brings them greater satisfaction and becomes more purposeful.
- Have Fun
It may sound obvious, but at the end of the day, people spend a huge percentage of their waking life at the office. The more fun and enjoyable you can make that time, the better mood everyone will be in. Fun means different things to different people – but if you can show that even you as the boss don’t take things too seriously, it will make the world of difference in helping people to relax and enjoy spending time with their colleagues.
The key to applying these tips is easy…practice! The more you find opportunities to inject these tactics into your daily routine, the quicker you’ll be on your way to building and reinforcing an amazing team that gets results!