Ever wondered why a particular sports team is on the winning side most times. It is due to a strong team dynamics, which motivate each individual to be a high performer. Team dynamics is one of the critical leadership competencies to build and lead a high performing team. No matter the size of your business, large or small, every leader must be able to motivate its employees to stand united and work for a dedicated objective. Especially in a small company, where an employee has to multi-task to achieve objectives, team bonding is necessary.
Competencies to build and lead a high performing team:
1) Making a group understand the importance of a team
It is critical for a leader to first make the group understand why a group needs to work as a team. The group should know the shared goals of the team and what individual team member can bring to the team, which may contribute to overall success. In short, team building.
2) Facilitating effective team interaction
A good leader should develop a platform wherein the team members come and share their viewpoints. An interactive work environment will promote good problem solving and decision making skills besides better coordination at work.
3) Instilling knowledge among the team
It is a leader’s responsibility to ensure that the team has sufficient knowledge pertaining to the team’s goals as well as individual job profiles. This goes a long way in achieving the set tasks in a timely manner.
How effective is your team?
As a leader there are certain parameters with the help of which you can gauge the effectiveness of your team. Listed below are some of the important characteristics of an effective team:
- Share common goals
- See large picture
- Unity and interdependency
If your team agrees to common goals that are measurable and scalable, you can say that it is an effective team. If all the group members are willingly working toward achieving these common goals, then you certainly have a high performing team.
Is your team capable of understanding the big picture under your leadership? An effective team is the one who can understand their contribution to some greater result. In short, the importance of his/her job role, its impact on achieving larger company objectives and overall team dynamics required to work effectively.
Does your team inclines toward collaboration and interdependency? If yes, then you are a leader of a high performing team. Such a team will stay away from the blame game and would be open to learning and improvement.
Team building and Leadership are interconnected such that for the latter to succeed the former has to be strong.