I recently ran a mini-workshop on the subject of teamwork. It brought up some interesting insights when I asked the group ‘what makes a successful team?’ This blog will cover some of the answers we discussed in the workshop to answer this elusive question.
A shared vision
If each member of a team is in it for different reasons, then it will be hard to achieve harmony within that group. A team needs a shared vision or mission that they are constantly working towards, so each action they perform is done with that in mind.
A strong leader
Good leadership is like the glue that holds a team together, and it can turn a good team into an amazing one. A strong leader helps to motivate the team towards their targets and keeps everything, and everyone, running smoothly.
Communication is important in many aspects of life, but it’s essential when it comes to teamwork. Poor communication can lead to conflict within the group, which is unproductive. A good team talks openly together and listens to what each other has to say.
Clear roles and objectives
If everyone understands the purpose of the team and their specific role within it, then everything becomes much clearer. There is less chance of people’s work overlapping and stepping on each other’s toes. Everyone can work better in harmony with one another.
My experience of a successful team
In this workshop, I also shared a story about one of the best teams I’ve ever been a part of, and what I thought made it so successful. We had total permission to be ourselves. We acted professionally, of course, but our personalities were allowed to shine. Yes, we were busy, and sometimes it was stressful, but we knew that team success fed individual success, and vice versa. We were open about our career goals – some wanted to progress, some wanted a sideways move, some wanted to stay where they were.
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