Teamwork management has been a critical element for organizational success and the essence of every successful leadership. When leading an organization or a department, you are expected to lead your team by understanding individual team members’ strengths and leveraging them together to achieve the larger organizational goals. This article on leadership and managing teams will break down and explain teamwork management fundamentals.
You have heard about high-functioning teams in our workplaces. They primarily consist of people with a positive mindset, who are working together to achieve a common goal. The team also likely consists of steady performers who deliver quality results and demonstrate leadership quality in day-to-day functioning.
As a leader, one aspect of your job is to identify, attract and retain talent within the organization. A key leadership responsibility that is often overlooked is that of growing and developing talent so that they are able to take on larger roles and have greater impact on organizational functioning. Similarly, addressing underperformance is vital to the well functioning of a team. The people who don’t have the desired skills or qualities must be provided ongoing coaching, training, and skill development so that they are able to contribute fully.
Here are governing principles of teamwork management that will help you create high performing teams.
We all know the direct connection between the organization’s success and visionary leadership. As a CEO, creating clarity of your vision is important so that your leaders are able to attract talent who are well positioned to contribute to your vision. Effective hiring includes identifying individuals who will provide value to your business operation, as well as those who have the capability and spirit to work well within a team. And once a person is hired, it’s important for their manager to get more insights about their individual strengths, and discuss with them how their strengths can help drive the team and company forward.
Building a successful workplace calls for extensive communication and collaboration among all the team members. The essence of teamwork does not permit working in isolation or hoarding information. Instead, you provide team members the opportunity to work together, collaborate and create a broad departmental strategy. The team needs to be informed about collective goals and each person held accountable for their part of the collective.
Great teamwork calls for good understanding, trust, and support among the members. There is no room for distrust, office politics and exclusionary behaviors. Resolve interpersonal conflict at the roots itself and ensure that all voices are heard. Gather feedback routinely to learn what’s going well and what needs to improve.
Cohesive teamwork reflects a sense of synergy among team members and drives people to put their best foot forward. A team leader should plan periodic virtual and in-person opportunities to promote team building and informal gathering, create an collaborative work environment, and give space to everyone to work, succeed and grow.
Leaders who are able to create an inspiring vision that their team members understand and rally around are better able to create high performing teams. When team members embrace the overall vision and understand how their work is connected to it, they feel empowered to be innovative and to achieve the team’s collective goals.
Creating a high-functioning team is a challenge. If you want to build a great team at your workplace, call or write to Jackie, the powerhouse CEO of Kindall Evolve. Her vast experience with leadership, organization development, and consulting are a few highlights of her success in cultivating extraordinary leaders and teams.