Best Strategies for Building a Team
The fact that a group of people is assigned to work together does not mean they will automatically become an effective team. If you are responsible for leading a team, whether that means you are tasked with leading a work group or division or if you’re in charge of a project or other special-purpose team, you’ll need to incorporate a variety of team building strategies to help the group become – and stay – a cohesive unit.
Key Team Building Strategies
The following eight strategies can help you build a cohesive team.
- Establish Yourself as the Leader
To lead a team effectively, you must first establish your leadership with each team member.” This means you must use your leadership skills to build positive, trust-based relationships with individual team members and take ownership of the group.
- Get to Know Team Members
To effectively lead the work of a team, you need to have a sense of who the players are, in terms of their abilities, interests and personalities.
- Encourage Informal Interactions
Team members also need to get to know one another.
- Provide Team Bonding Opportunities
Scheduling opportunities for team members to bond with one another is a good way to help strengthen the bond that begins to develop as you get to know your team and the team members get to know one another.
- Clearly Define the Team’s Purpose
The single most important ingredient in team success is a clear, common, and compelling purpose.” Every team has a purpose, and the team leader is responsible for being sure it is clearly defined and communicated to the members. This should be done very early in the team building process, because purpose is critical to team development.
- Establish a Team Charter
Once the team’s purpose has been clearly defined and communicated, establishing a team charter is an excellent strategy to reinforce and clarify how the team will accomplish its work.
- Challenge Team Members to Stretch
While team members are often selected based on their experience and past successes, individual members are often able to contribute in innovative ways outside of the areas of expertise for which they are known.
- Celebrate Team Successes
The value of positive reinforcement cannot be overstated. Celebrating team successes from small victories to huge wins is a critical team building strategy that is, unfortunately, overlooked too often.
“Applying these strategies can go a long way toward building a cohesive team that is able to accomplish great work. The time you invest in building the relationships and structure your team needs to thrive will pay off exponentially in terms of long-term success and productivity. Plus, as team leader, your job will be much easier when the team is truly cohesive” added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.