Want to build a high performance team, and go from good to unstoppable?
Start with loyalty first.
Of course, you’ll need to put in place the basics of team management: setting objectives, organising people, motivating and communicating, measuring performance and developing people. Then, be a true leader by shaping the team and creating a unique identity.
Why? Because teams only perform at their best when they want to.
Teams must choose to give their best.
Team Building and Loyalty
Sometimes the team leader may offer encouragement or compel the team to do something. However, team building ultimately comes back to choice.
To make this choice, the team must identify closely with the team vision, values and culture.
Team building starts when people identify with the team. How well people connect with the team determines how well the team bonds.
A sense of loyalty is powerful and crucial in shaping the team. Creating this bond moves a team from good to unstoppable. And from loyalty comes a sense of purpose.
This is needed to build the high performance team.
Trust and Commitment
People in high performing teams care for one another. They learn to rely on each other. Trust is built. Commitments are made.
4 Hallmarks of Successful Team Building
At the heart of loyalty, trust and commitment is leadership. Team building is the responsibility of the team leader, so start by creating a culture that values all.
Trust and commitment are earned. So do these things to inspire loyalty in the team.
1. Encourage open, blame free discussion
Get to know the team. Bring the team together for a common cause and encourage open, honest and blame free discussion.
So, ask questions. Listen actively, and allow the team to express reservations and opinions. This is the natural process of braking down barriers and building trust.
2. Consult widely and talk things over
Shape team values through involvement and dialogue. Draw from everyone’s experience, and ask more questions: What do you think? And, let the team decide.
Finally, live through the agreed values. Remember: Actions speak louder than words.
3. Be visible, be available
Be visible. Yes. But, be available too.
Set aside time every month to meet each employee. Honour this, and do it for the team … in their time and on their terms.
It’s when the team gets to know you. And it’s when you learn about the team and how well you lead.
4. Openly praise success
This should be simple. Yes?
So, openly praise success. Let it be known that you appreciate the team outside the team. And take personal responsibility when things go wrong.
Be a true leader. Build a high performance team, and go from good to unstoppable.
Loyalty is hard to find. Trust is easy to lose. Actions speaks louder than words.
Great. But can I ask what you’ve been doing up to date?
Creative Commons image courtesy Andy Leeman.