Effective team building in the workplace relies on a common idea, an idea you need to develop as an individual. If a team is to perform well then individuals need to contribute with their strengths. Building a bond at the workplace for a leader can be difficult and challenging. Many leaders think a simple team building seminar will build a stronger team but they are surprised to find that the effects only last for a couple of days.
Building an Effective Team
The first rule of team building is to lead a team effectively.
For that you must first establish a bond with each team member. The most effective team leaders are the ones who build their relationships of trust and loyalty, and not on fear or the power of their positions.
Steps to build an effective team
- Every employee’s ideas are valuable –There is no such thing as a Bad idea.
- Be sensitive towards employee’s unspoken feelings – be open with employees and sensitive to their moods and feelings.
- Be an influence – resolve minor disputes, aim continually toward the team’s higher goals.
- Clear communication – Be careful to clarify any doubts or miscommunications.
- Encourage trust and cooperation among employees – The relationships establish among themselves are as important as those you establish with them.
- Encourage team members to share information – Emphasize the importance of each team member’s contribution.
- Entrust problem solving tasks to the team- Let the team work together on a creative solution.
- Facilitate communication- communication is an important factor in successful teamwork. Starting a communication does not mean holding meetings all the time. Instead you must set an example by remaining open to suggestions and concerns, ask questions and offer help, and do anything and everything you can to avoid confusion in your own communication.
- Evaluate team performance- talk with members about the progress they are making to establish goals so that employees get a sense of both their success and challenges.
- Encourage listening and brainstorming – Start a debate. employees are often afraid to disagree with one another and that this fear can lead your team to make average decisions.