Success is the name of the game in the world of business today. It’s more important than ever that companies do their hiring with serious team building in mind. However, companies that are just beginning to embrace a team building atmosphere have to work with the tools they have on hand. It is up to team leaders to pull their teams together and help them realize their potential. Here are a few critical steps that can make your efforts to build a stellar team infinitely more successful.
Take the Time to get to Know the Players
You have to know the players on your team in order to figure out how to motivate them, encourage them, challenge them, and play to the strengths while minimizing the weaknesses of each individual on the team. You also need to know the areas wear a little additional attention and guidance may be needed so that you can give it to them. Don’t rush in and start making plans and setting goals until after you’ve taken a moment to find out what kind of players you’re dealing with—and you know that you’re all playing the same game.
Understand How You Work Best
The most important person on the team for you to understand is yourself. You have to figure out how to do all the things to motivate, cajole, and, sometimes, castigate yourself just as you do for all the members of your team. But you also have to understand how you lead best too. Here are a few of the things you need to know about yourself and your role as the team leader before you even think about trying to lead your team.
- How well is your team likely to accept your leadership attempts?
- How qualified are you to lead this team?
- How do you plan to hold yourself accountable for any problems that may arise with your team?
- What do you plan to do to correct these problems?
It might not look like much in black and white but these questions can mean a lot as you’re working to build a stronger team and become the leader you need to be to keep them motivated.
Motivate and Reward
Even small praise can mean a lot to the team members that are working so hard under your leadership. It doesn’t take much to let them know they’re appreciated and the reward for doing so is well worth any effort you might have to expend. Acknowledge their contributions, praise their good work, and keep them motivated to continue their successes.
Building a team that will enjoy long term success isn’t always easy. There are tough decisions that will need to be made along the way. However, if you do these things you’re doing your part to make your team work as a formidable and effective unit within the company.
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