Who wouldn’t want to have the best team? In a perfect world, you would want a team that works well together and everything you do is successful.
What do you say if we say this is not an impossible dream? Having a great team is achievable.
It’s won’t instantly be but with patience and some know-how – you can build a great team.
Leadership – Having a great team starts with good leadership. A great team is often led by a person with exceptional leadership qualities.
Tasks are accomplished with excellence and they are really driven to do their best and more. They don’t get too comfortable when things are just doing fine, they go far and beyond.
Most importantly, they know they can lead and do the job but they do better when they are within a team who performs as well.
Good leaders recognize, that it’s not about them. They do not have time for self-importance and they are more focused on succeeding as a team.
This means having team members who are as driven also. When we talk about leadership here – we’re not just talking about the leader per se.
It’s better if each member has leadership qualities. Leaders work well with a team members who have leadership capabilities also. They are not all about their egos, they focus their energies instead towards the goal.
They not only care about their own performance, but they look out for each other for the success of their task. They make themselves accountable not only to their own tasks but to the whole organization.
They are interested in making the whole company succeed, not just by themselves or their team but they look at things in a bigger picture. They truly have a bigger vision.
Aligned – A great team is aligned with each other, this is a characteristic of a great team. They are synchronized and nothing happens by chance.
Each step is planned and each decision was well thought out. It is clearly defined what plan to take, who to execute it, and what strategies are to be employed.
Each team member recognizes the business strategy that needs to be employed in the business. They understand what the deliverables are and they know their individual role and responsibility in achieving the goal.
They know how their task is inter-related with other people’s task and they are set for collaboration. When it comes to decision-making and resolving disagreements, they have a process in arriving at solutions.
They understand that the issues won’t resolve by itself and mediocre solutions won’t do. They have a protocol to observe for these situations.
They are truly aligned from tasks to resolution. To check if an organization is well-collaborated, the following areas should exhibit alignment:
- Strategy – Everyone in the organization should know and understand their strategy in the business they are in.
- Output – Everyone knows what are their deliverables. They understand what the expectations are.
- Responsibilities – Everyone knows their personal roles in the team and how their team fits in the entirety of the organization.
- Resolutions – There is a system established in providing resolutions to issues or concerns. The system is in place, detailed, and understood by everyone.
When these areas exhibit these characteristics, then you know the organization is aligned. Don’t fret if you have not yet accomplished this, here is how you can do it:
It can be done in two stages. Stage one is to be able to identification. What is the goal of the organization? How will their team contribute to it?
What are the challenges the team are encountering or will be encountering? What strategies should be employed to overcome it? What role will each team member play?
These points should all be identified and the leader must be able to communicate them to the team members. They have to discuss these areas and must understand what needs to be done and what role will each one take.
The communication goes both ways, leader and members to better understand the business challenges.
Stage two is about awareness. Everyone is aware of the challenges and what are their responsibilities. Everyone knows what to do, how do it, and which people should they work with in resolving it.
Undergoing the two stages, everyone in the team will have the same level of awareness.
Communication – Of course, communication is very, very essential. In what way, you may ask? There should be open communication across the organization. Work feedback can be exchanged freely without judgement.
Any team member can present their thoughts without having to worry if he can supply feedback or not. However, do take note that the sharing should be work-related and backed up by facts. The feedback should still be within the boundaries of work.
This way disagreements can be resolved without much hassle. With open communications, ideas and information can be exchanged freely making discussion more efficient.
With a horizontal organization, communication is way different. Because of the flat organization, thoughts and ideas can be brought out more freely.
High Performance – Another quality of a great team is being able to continually challenge themselves. They are performing and they continue to drive success upon success.
No job done is mediocre. And even though they are working well, they still work beyond expectation.
They evolve, keep up with times, and improve what needs to be improved. It’s a never-ending cycle. They are always on their toes. They are always raising the bar.
In order to reach this kind of performance, the leader plays an integral role with dealing with the different contributors of the team.
Because in reality, each person has a different way of performing. For those who engages less or has less skills than the rest, the leader will have to do some guiding and coaching.
For those who have moderate engagement and skills, the leader can discuss with them from time to time to keep in track. For the highly skilled, they need less to no supervision at all, and doesn’t need much guidance from the leader.
Here’s some pointers what a leader can do to achieve higher performance:
- Barriers – Identify the barriers that can prevent the team from achieving high performance.
- Workshops/Trainings – Enlist team in workshops or trainings that will provide them new skills or boost existing capabilities.
- Coaching – As mentioned earlier, one on one coaching for those less engaged members. And of course, there should be coaching for the entire team also for better interactions.
To summarize, having a great team does not come overnight. It takes work and perseverance to achieve that “dream team”. And in reality, leaders and members come and go, which can disturb the balance of the team.
However, no matter what challenges the organization may encounter, it is still possible to have the best team ever.
Search for people who have leadership qualities, align the organization, be open with communication, and strive for better and higher performance! Do it and see a great team ahead of you!