HOW TO BUILD A TEAM
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success.” – Henry Ford.
There is a saying that two heads are better than one. No matter how passionate you are about your life pursuit, you need people to turn dreams into reality. Teamwork and team building are essential qualities of successful people and organizations, as shown in companies like Alibaba, Walt Disney, etc.
As a young person, it is paramount to learn how to work with people and understand how to build a team. So many industries across the world are thriving today because of efficient and effective team collaboration. The inability to create strong groups of accountable and diligent people leads to failure.
We need collaboration with others in group assignments, inter-class debates, quizzes, inter-house sports competitions, etc. Sometimes, we find ourselves leading or working with people we did not choose to be in our groups. Still, the onus lies in building that team, whether as a leader or a team member.
HOW TO BUILD TEAMS
CLEARLY DEFINE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Have a clear vision and a set rule for all team members. Every team member must understand their job description and ensure its completion. When you do this, you ensure division of labor and smooth running of the team.
BE PROACTIVE WITH FEEDBACK
Feedback is the key to assuring any team is staying on track and improving each day. Feedback should be proactive and constant. Do not wait until a problem occurs before giving feedback. Feedback is simply the art of excellent communication. It should be something that is part of one’s natural dialogue. It can be both formal and informal.
SCOUT FOR ACCOUNTABLE PEOPLE OR WORK WITH ALREADY AVAILABLE PERSONS
There is a need to select people who will buy into your vision, but in some cases, you have to work with people you find yourself in the same group. For example, your Mathematics teacher divides the class into three groups for an assignment, and you are in one of them either as a leader or member. You have to work with others on the team as a group.
RESPECT THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS
You need to be accommodative and welcome people’s opinions with respect. If team members don’t feel respected, they won’t be motivated to bring their best ideas to work. Also, take time to give your teammates the proper accolades they have earned and deserve.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alero Babine is a writer, professional photographer, and Secretary of B2sl, where show works to empower teenagers to succeed. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.