Why is it so important to build a successful team? Teams and teamwork are the keys to your success!
When a team is successful, it funnels the energy of the team members for the success of the organization.
Now it can be tough and challenging to manage a team as people are different, with their own experience, education, values, life and work goals etc.
How to manage all these differences and unite people around the same objective?
It takes great leadership to build great teams. Team building requires a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others.
It requires the ability to master the ‘art of people’.
When I started my professional life, I was lucky to work with an inspiring leader! I could experiment what it means to be ‘a successful, winning team’ and go beyond the organization expectations and beyond our own expectations! You discover that you are capable to move mountains and it gives you an amazing feeling as you develop your own potential.
I led a team of distributors, mainly sales people. Now, as a freelance business coach and trainer, I am leading a team of freelance trainers, practicing the 9 keys I share with you. And the results are amazing!
What fills me with joy is to see their enthusiasm, their desire to give their best at each session and I love to help them, encourage them and tap into their own potential. They are eager to give me the feedback of their performance, with additional comments on how to improve the sessions content etc. We are in contact on a regular basis. And I also go ‘in the field’.
Strengths are hidden in each one of us.
The team is the most fertile ground to help them sprout.
Here are 9 keys to elevate your team to success.
- Keep in mind this crucial point:
You can’t motivate people.
You can only create a context which will enthusiasm them and encourage them to motivate themselves.
- Be aware of how you work
‘People may hear your words; they feel your attitude’ – John Maxwell.
Attitude is the key factor, it influences mindset and behaviours.
As the leader of the team, you must be extremely aware of your leadership style. Is it as effective as you think? How well is it accepted by the team you are leading? Evaluate yourself and be critical about where you can improve, especially in areas that will benefit those whom you are a leading.
- Have a clear vision/purpose and communicate that vision.
A common sense of purpose unites team members. They understand the functioning of the team and how they will contribute as a player of the ‘game’.
- Be a good communicator.
Most of the people think they are good at communication skills.
In fact, they are more interested by their own story instead of listening to the others.
Showing real interest in each of your team members, practicing active listening, leads to better work relationships.
- Set specific performance goals.
The process of setting goals should be a collaborative process between the team and the leader.
Goal alignment is crucial for business success. It ensures that each person within your team can see the direction for the business and know how their job fits in with the ‘Big Picture’.
- Get to know your team.
You must take the time to get to know your team.
You have to understand and practice the importance of caring, understanding the
needs of your team, embracing differences and helping your colleagues experience their importance. You have to learn what defines the strengths and capabilities of your team, real assets that each member brings to the table, those they leave behind and those yet to be developed.
As a team leader, you have to activate the talent that surrounds you.
Trust is an essential component of building a successful team. From trusting the team leader’s ability to lead to trusting other members of the group to listen to and to consider each other’s contributions. Great teamwork hinges on mutual respect.
- Lead by exemple.
We all know the phrase ‘You talk the talk. Do you walk the walk?’
People do believe your actions over your words.
So make sure your behavior and actions is what you want to see in your team members.
- Reward your team.
Everyone likes to feel appreciated, even in the workplace.
Thank your team members regularly and show them that you value their great work, acknowledging their accomplishments.
Bottom line is the next: you can be a great leader.
This is a starting point: putting in practice these 9 keys will help you to inspire your team members to excel beyond what is expected from them.
Great leadership is a powerful skill and a vital part of building a successful team.
You just have to learn the skills.
Marie-Agnès Delvaux is consultant, coach and trainer since more than 25 years. Having a solid “hands-on” experience, she knows the business world, multicultural and international environment very well. She has focused her approach on the Professional and Personal Development of People Skills, to provide customized trainings to meet the specific needs of each individual and organizational client.
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