Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs
Last month we talked about how effective leaders set the tone for their entire team/organization.
They provide team members with a sense of inclusiveness, resulting in higher performers and the attainment of goals.
We’ve also shared Patrick Lencioni’s thoughts that successful teams utilize behaviors and skills that focus on TRUST, COMMITMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESULTS, and healthy CONFLICT.
Get Started By Investing In Your Team – Ask Each Team Member:
- How do they like to be communicated to?
- Do they want daily interactions or only “as needed”?
- What do they like best about their job?
- Do they have career aspirations?
- Would they say the team trusts one another?
- Are they committed to supporting the team or do they prefer going “solo”?
- Do they hold themselves accountable and are they comfortable holding others accountable?
- Do they have the skills to respectfully discuss differences?
- What skill / behavior would they most want to develop?
Have you held these conversations? What have you done to let your team know that you hear what they say, and that you’re willing to take action to address their needs and suggestions?
Don’t be the leader that devotes too much time to tasks and not enough time on your team. Relationships matter. If your team feels you genuinely care about them, they are likely to help you (and the organization) achieve more.
We found these acronyms that remind us of why teams matter:
TEAM Time, Energy, And Money
TEAM Together Everyone Accomplishes More
What are you doing to let your team know you’re investing in them?
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.—Vince Lombardi