We are all part of teams. Our family is a team. Our place of work is a team. The community groups we belong to are teams.It is so important for us to understand teams and how they work, especially those who achieve success – the achievement of their desired goal.
Successful teams begin with good leaders bringing on the “right people”. The right people embody the habits, values, and attitudes that are positive reinforcements for everyone on the team.
Many of the best teams—the ones that deliver results, wow customers, and become the stars of their departments and industries—share a few key traits.
1. Inspiring leader
The best teams are led by leaders who communicate the vision, lead humbly, and are open to feedback and criticism. They allow and encourage employee development, they leave the door open, and they aren’t afraid to delegate and give the team some credit. Without an inspiring leader to set the tone, many good teams struggle to be great.
2. Understanding the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses
Every team member has strengths and weaknesses. The successful teams are those who on a regular and consistent basis enable the members to operate out of their strengths and not out of their weaknesses. And what is one person’s strengths will cover another’s weakness. This is teamwork, enabling all of the bases to be covered.
3. Having fun
The team that plays together stays together. Is your team all work and no play? If you’re smart, that will change. Get your team out of the office once a month and go have some fun. Enjoy one another. Enjoy life. It will bring a sense of bonding that can’t be made even in “winning.”
4. Appreciating each other
Call it a human emotion (viewed by some as a softer skill) but truly great teams truly appreciate each other. They truly feel a sense of gratitude to be working with people who they feel do awesome work. In fact, research shows how powerful the impact of peer-to-peer appreciation can be on an individual’s performance. Great teams sincerely appreciate the ideas, skills, and perceptions of their team members.
Trusting that your co-workers can—and will—get things done is the first step to effective collaboration. So it’s no surprise that the most innovative and successful teams require dependability from all team members, from individual contributors to managers, directors, and even the big boss.