Business success relies more on the performance of the whole team than of the individuals within it.
Regardless of their relationships with one another, both in and out of work, a team is more than just a group of individuals carrying out their jobs from the same location.
Confidence breeds success, which means that a confident team is more likely to achieve results than a team which lacks belief.
High-performing teams are interdependent. Although the tasks they complete may be down to individuals, they need to work together cohesively to get the job done, achieved the desired results and reap the rewards.
That’s why it’s crucial that every member of the team, no matter how big or small, knows what their role is, knows what their goal is and knows what they need to do – both individually and collectively – to achieve it.
Here are Exeve’s top five tips for building an effective team:
Set clear goals: Shared goals and outcomes are what drive successful teams forward. They give your work a purpose, a focal point and something that everyone is committed to achieving, so set clear goals which allow for both your team as a unit and as individuals can work towards.
Define roles: High-performing teams are made up of several different personality types, so it’s important to ensure that people’s roles within your team are clearly defined and maximise talent of the individual members by giving people roles best suited to their skill sets. It’s also important to define, from the outset, how decisions will be made.
Will the leader make the decisions? Will it be by consensus? How can people influence it? Whatever you decide, it’s important to ensure everyone in the team understands, to reduce conflict when a decision or choice needs to be made.
Empower team members to perform: Innovation, ideas and creativity are key hallmarks of a successful team and shouldn’t be harnessed or stymied. Setting boundaries is important, but remember that high-performing teams are ones in which every member feels able to challenge the process if they think there is a better way of getting things done.
Provide regular feedback: Teams need to know how they are doing to stay motivated, identify issues or challenges and, if needed, make improvements, so it’s important to provide clear, concise and regular feedback.
Feedback works best when it is tangible, constructive and relates to a specific goal, so should be linked to the objectives of the team. And if improvements need to be made, the sooner they find out about it, the sooner they can correct the problem.
Celebrate success: Always take the time to celebrate any successes your team achieves, no matter how small, by taking a step-back and reflecting on what they have accomplished and what they learned during the journey. This will help your team to understand why they were successful and the impacts of that success. It is, however, equally important to take time to reflect on what could be done differently to achieve a better result. Remember, good teams are ones which learn from their experience to improve.
Business leaders are only as successful as their teams, so it’s important to take the time to ensure your team is working effectively, understands what it is working towards, is motivated and – perhaps most importantly – is confident.
Exeve’s expert trainers have many years of combined experience in helping teams to develop, grow and achieve success.
To find out more about how we can help your people collaborate with confidence, get in touch today.