Building a team and supporting them to be successful remains to be one of the greatest challenges for managers. With the follow four tactics, managers can build effective teams and be effective leaders
Identify Strengths & Weaknesses
Every employee brings with them their own strengths and areas for improvement. Identifying these traits is one of the most important tactic when developing strong teams. Their strengths and weaknesses dictate team chemistry; for example a collaborative worker may have challenges working with a independent-workstyle of an achievement-oriented worker.
Knowing these traits means you know who will work best with one-another. Such knowledge will also allow proper coaching to help the employee improve upon any shortcomings.
Be As Transparent As Possible
Employee’s love honesty; transparency from management can greatly improve productivity with your team. All too often, team members with different goals and focuses will only receive select information deemed relevant to them. Such a communication strategy can create disconnects and ambiguity.
Every team member should receive the same information as their colleagues, even if they are not working together. They should be informed of the “how” and “why” regarding the work of their co-workers.
Every goal in your company – from an individual’s goal to organization-wide goals – affect success. By breaking down the goals of your team, you can erase any ambiguity while also ensuring accountability. You can also show how each goal plays into the larger picture of organizational success.
Support does not mean micromanagement, it means removing roadblocks, providing feedback, and offering mentorship. Most importantly, it means recognizing hard work.
By fostering an environment of open communication, you can earn the trust of your employees and even receive feedback for improvement from them (make sure you follow through on it).
Team building does not have to be the monolithic task it is made out to be. With the proper technology and strong leadership, you can ensure a great team is created.