An important factor in successful team development is for team leaders to know who their “followers” are – the team members they’re leading. Understanding that each person falls into a general personality type can go a long way toward resolving interpersonal problems and motivating the entire team.
Football season is in starting up, and what better example of team building than watching two teams of 11 men each demonstrate not just physical prowess but their ability to communicate and react to a changing situation on the field?
Teams, like house plants, also grow and change. As a leader, being aware that change is occurring and taking note as team members grow in their roles and become more advanced in their skills is critical to your team's development.
Having conflict in a team is not a bad thing. In fact, healthy conflict around ideas can build team dynamics and galvanize productivity. Learning to identify and promote healthy conflict is a critical team development skill.
How many times have you felt that your communication was clear when communicating something to a team member or the entire team, only to find that you were misunderstood? And how often have you heard what a colleague said, thought you understood their meaning, and later discovered that you didn’t quite hear it right?
Clear and confident communication is an important team development component – whether it’s communication from a team leader to team members, or communication between members of the team.
Communicating person-to-person can be challenging, even when a team member or team leader is well-versed in the 3 V’s of Communication (Verbal, Vocal, Visual). These days, many employees communicate between departments and divisions exclusively through email or instant messaging (IM).
Consider the way that you communicate with colleagues. Do you show genuine interest in the things they’re telling you? Do you avoid make eye contact? Do you sometimes mumble when you speak, or not speak loudly enough?
I speak regularly about the importance of working together as a team, and my blog is filled with advice on improving the synergy of work teams and effective team development. What I haven’t always addressed regularly is an important factor that can make or break a new team.
Teams and leaders are two sides of a single coin. It is only when they forget this that things can go awry. Leaders and teams must develop an unwavering bond in order for each to be effective and to accomplish the team goals.