How Do You Plan To Build A Team In Your Organization?
What is the definition of a team? It is a group of people working together to achieve a common goal. Yes, you know that. But why do organizations need teams? You could come up with many reasons. Any organization’s work is not a one man’s job. You need expertize and talent from diverse fields who can fill the various functional positions in an organization. A team ensures that operations run smoothly. But does this mean that once an organization has hired the right talent, it has successfully built a team? Not really! Especially if you think that every employee has individual goals to accomplish be it financial or aspirational.
An organization can form a group of people but it’s not a team unless that group is working towards a common goal. And it’s the leader’s responsibility to steer the group towards that common goal. How does a leader achieve that? By focusing on the following ‘5Cs’:
Connect - Strong teams are built on strong connections. Leaders need to connect with people in their team and simultaneously ensure that the people in the team connect with one another. More often than not it is easier to connect with people over informal conversations than formal ones. A small informal chat in the pantry or a team lunch can help people open up, relax and develop comradery with each other.
Collaborate - There needs to be collaboration among coworkers and leaders. Leaders need to welcome, support and give consideration to suggestions, perspectives and ideas of team members. If leaders show patience and tolerance in collaboration, then coworkers will also follow suit. This will lead to smooth sharing of ideas and improve team engagement and productivity.
Consistency – Leaders who show consistency in their actions, moods and emotions develop security and satisfaction among coworkers. When team members see their leaders working consistently each day towards a mission, they will be willing to follow. When they see each team member being held to the same standards of conduct, they will develop respect for their leader. And, when a calm and positive person is seen at the helm, team members are ready to believe and trust the decisions of their leaders.
Coordinate - To coordinate, leaders will need to openly communicate with team members about the purpose of the organization’s goal, why the contribution of the team is important, and how they can make a difference. Leaders will have to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of team members and provide proactive feedback.
Cooperate – Goals cannot be achieved if there is no cooperation within the team. And cooperation is possible only if people in a team work as one unit. Leaders will have to lead by example. They will have to drive the philosophy of ‘oneness’ among the team.
If you have failed to build a great team, don’t fret. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.