As a team leader, are you inspiring, motivated and results oriented? Maybe you are because you love what you are doing because you are doing what you want to be doing – Team Building.
Somewhere along the way you
made a decision, you took control of the things under your control, got
to know yourself, your dreams and desires and you paid the price to make
your dream a reality by mastering self-discipline and personal
leadership. That is what a leader needs to build effective team. Are you
a team builder?
This isn’t always the case with most team leaders
– they don’t know how to build teams, because they themselves have not
yet built themselves. Many team leaders are not in control of
themselves, they are not motivated, inspiring or results-oriented.
leaders may not be aware of the fact that to lead, inspire or to
motivate others they must first lead inspire and motivate themselves.
How can you give something to somebody else if you first don’t have it
yourself to give? Effective team building is from the inside – out.
need to take an inside-out approach and take inventory. You need to go
to work on yourself for yourself before you can get into team building.
are the # 1 person in the world. If you can’t do it for yourself, how
can you do it for anyone else? These disciplines must first be mastered
before you could master anything else, and only then can you
demonstrate it in team building.
Before you create and build a
team you must know why you are creating one and the expected outcomes.
But, are you the team leader? If you are, you best understand the job
description, roles and behaviors of being a leader and how to increase
A leader no longer directs people but
develops self-motivated individuals. They don’t manage on a one-on-one
basis but build teams that manage more of their own work.
also performs many tasks – from being an administrator to being a
psychologist, not to mention being the guardian of the bottom-line. A
leader is an enthusiast, a team builder, a good listener and gives
credit to others through recognition and praise, while maintaining and
demonstrating an outcome orientation.
To build an effective team
requires many characteristics. A team must have a purpose. A team’s
purpose is defined by its mission. The team mission is something that
the team intends to do. It is the object for which the team exists as
determined by the team leaders and team members.
It is a clearly
stated purpose that serves to direct and motivate the team in pursuit of
its goals. This is a team building discipline needed in order to
inspire a motivated and results oriented team.
The team’s mission
is driven by the organization’s vision. The organization’s vision
provides a “big picture” perspective that serves to align people, ideas,
and attitudes. It must, however, be communicated to team members in
such a way that they are inspired to be part of it. To be successful,
the team must align its purpose or mission to the organization’s vision.
member must have a clear understanding of the team goals and what is
expected of them. A team goal is an end that the team strives to reach;
it directly supports both the mission of the team and the organization’s
vision. Teams that agree on their agendas can direct their energies
towards task accomplishment.
All team members determine effective
team goals. When everyone takes part in establishing the overall goals
of the team, individuals on the team have a clear understanding of what
is expected and can develop a commitment to working with one another in
pursuit of team goals. This is a team building discipline needed in
order to inspire a motivated and results oriented team.
team you must establish a high degree of communications, trust, support
and cohesiveness between members. The team needs to operate under
flexible procedures using effective problem solving and decision-making
methods. Use of authority in decision making by a team leader in no
Using a consultative or still better, a
consensus approach where everyone has say, to decision making allows for
a greater freedom for team members. This is a team building discipline
needed in order to inspire a motivated and results oriented team.
there has to be more than just freedom. There has to be an element of
fun. Fun is part of the team culture and can be created in many ways.
One way could be for the team to create a team name and identity that is
reflective of the team’s mission and/or it’s members. This is a team
building discipline needed in order to inspire a motivated and results
Team members must know how to run effective
meetings through the use of an agenda, ground rules, objective setting
procedures, roles and responsibilities. Effective methods for action
planning, monitoring, communications, evaluations and follow up should
also be reviewed and established.
Each member should also
demonstrate appropriate personal, interpersonal and group task
behaviors. These are a team building disciplines needed in order to
inspire a motivated and results oriented team.
Team members need
to be empowered and trusted that they will do the job to the best of
their ability. If they are, they are more action-oriented and committed
to the implementation of the plan. Be there to coach them, not to
direct them. Allow for failures and lessons learned.
Line: Demonstrate the appropriate behaviors for team building and the
team will follow, but also give them all a chance to participate and to
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