15 Tips on Building an Effective Team
It’s not easy, but over the years I have picked up a few tips that I highly recommend, especially to new managers and leaders who find themselves in charge of or mentoring a team on site or virtually.
First, it helps to think of what your objectives are. Having camaraderie among team members is great, but it’s not always possible. The goal is to get team members who might not have a lot in common personally to work together. Keep the bigger goal in mind: achieving specific business objectives. You need to motivate team members to work together effectively. For this, you need to build some level of teamwork, and have effective communication between you (the manager) and the team as well as between team members. You need to know your team members’ strengths and weaknesses in order to learn when, how and what to delegate. As a manager, you need to know how best to maximize the diversity of thought, talents and experience of your team. High performing teams are a key to business success.
This is basic, but you’d be surprised at how often it’s overlooked. You need to let everyone know what’s expected of them.
- Define standards and set goals.
- Have job descriptions for all positions; define working roles and responsibilities.
- Establish a plan that encourages the ethical behavior of team members.
Build your team and encourage teamwork