A team is where a group of individuals work together and help to all achieve the same goal or outcome. A team is an organized group of people who work together cooperatively and collaboratively. They coordinate their efforts to the same purpose and work towards achieving shared goals. All team members share joint accountability, mutual trust, and respect, and work to achieve shared goals. In a team, there tends to be a common team purpose where individual team members’ talents are put together to achieve a common purpose or goal.
When building a team, you need to make sure individuals are aware of their job role and responsibilities and if so, who’s taking leadership and who’s accountable for each task. There need to be clear lines of responsibility and authority. Individuals must be aware of what task needs to be achieved, when and how they are going to accomplish this. Team members should have the required skills to be able to carry out tasks and duties effectively. To build a team you need to gain each individual trust and loyalty, making them feel part of the team so that individuals do not feel fearful of people in leadership roles. The leader should clarify the purpose and set clear goals where team members work towards common goals which are clearly communicated and agreed upon.
There are many techniques to help build a team such as valuable ideas, which means when working in a team you must take individuals’ ideas into consideration and value them. Support and access to resources support to team members should be given as needed. A team leader should be proactive with consistent feedback which can help to keep team performance on track and keep team members motivated and valued.
- Resolve small disputes: As a team leader, you should always act as a role model but also as a harmonizing influence. To do this you should try and meditate or try and resolve any small minor disputes so that the team can continue to progress and work together towards completing goals and tasks. A team leader should encourage the team to deal with challenges without complaining he or she should lead by example and deal with interpersonal conflicts swiftly and appropriately.
- Being a role model: As a team leader, it is expected of you to be the role model towards others and by doing this you should take into consideration of other people’s feelings/moods by trying to be considerate and sensitive. He or she should also encourage team members to support each other and foster good work ethics and mutual respect amongst the team.
- Communication: There should always be good communication within a team and to do this you must make sure when communicating you are clear and specific about what you need to be completed and successful.
- Sharing information: As a team, all individuals should be opening to sharing information and ideas across to each other within the team. The team leader should also explain to individuals how much you value everyone in the team, their contribution and show them how working together as a team with all our own ideas and information shared will help everyone to reach the final stage of the goal.
- Cooperation and trust: To work as a team you need cooperation and trust from everyone within the group. As everyone in the team begins to get to know each other and build trust and bonds, you as a team leader should observe closely how well the team is able to work together as part of a team, and whilst doing this you should help to improve individuals trust, communication skills, and cooperation.
- Alleviate communication skills: Again, as a team leader you need to be a role model to others when it comes to communicating, which means you need to be open to communication from others such as concerns, comments, or suggestions, to do this you could speak to individuals asking questions and offering support where ever needed. To alleviate communication, you must remember communication is a basic and important skill when working in a team.
- Solutions: To help resolve disputes you could take the lead by giving individuals within the team group activities such as problem-solving tasks, which will help the team to work on finding and learning how to resolve solutions themselves.
- Set out clear ideas: When you need a team to work together to complete a task or goal you must set/layout what standards you expect as the final goal/accomplishment, you need to make sure the team is aware of the time frame they should complete the task in and to make sure that individuals in the team are defiantly aware of their individual responsibilities.
- Evaluating and establishing: To help make individuals feel valued and part of a team it’s good to communicate with individuals on their team performance and team values, that way you can discuss the employee’s achievements and difficulties and how they feel their performance is going. When communicating with the staff in your team you should communicate their standards of performance in teamwork such as asking about what ‘success’ means to themselves and to help live up to your stated values what actions do they think they could take.
- Setting rules: When working towards goals or targets rules should be set. The rules should be made and agreed upon by everyone within the team and everyone should commit to them as a team and as themselves. Having rules set and agreed will help with the success and efficiency of working towards the targets/goals. The rules should be simple but specific.
- Listening and debates: Some individuals may feel afraid to not agree with another individual and this can lead to some individuals feeling fearful and making positive/negative decisions. As a team leader, it’s good to try and encourage brainstorming and creativity as it will help encourage the team to go onto more positive outcomes.
- Making agreements: When looking to complete tasks/goals you should always prepare and plan ahead with a plan of action, solving problems, and setting objectives. This is much quicker than all the team agreeing to it. By doing this it helps the team’s productivity to become better as they feel secure, which helps everyone make better decisions with the commitment of work.
- Methods of establishing consensus: As a team leader, you should plan to hold a meeting so that you and the team can debate any cons and pros of the proposal, deliver reports or make research comities to investigate issues.
- Set parameters of agreement building sessions: When the individuals within a team aren’t successfully meeting their achieving goals or tasks the team may end up feeling frustrated. When this happens the team leader should plan and discuss in the meeting specific time limits, and the work everyone is doing within the team, and agreements. When doing this it may be a good idea to be very sensitive towards the individuals in the team and to be careful of anyone who is making false agreements. The team leader should acknowledge and reward team members, showing recognition for good performance and reward team members in line with organizational policy and individual preference. Success should be celebrated as part of team culture and team members are encouraged to reflect on accomplishments and also on lessons learned. There should be a positive focus on success.