“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we” – Phil Jackson
Why is teamwork essential?
Well, for one no man is an island. And no matter how effective you are at doing your job and accomplishing your tasks, you are going to need help in the long run—especially on long, tedious and arduous projects. Besides, I am going to bet that you have never seen a ball game wherein only one player scored all the points for the team, nor did you ever see a soccer game without a team effort. In the same vein, this is true for many businesses.
The existence of teams does not only limit itself to the teamwork involved in sports plays and athletics. In fact, a functional corporate business has an arsenal of effective teams to which tasks are delegated to by superiors. Teams are basically the structure from which several projects come from, activities are organized and tasks are being managed worldwide. And in order for them to carry out these delegated tasks, it is inordinately imperative that they be effective at what they do and can communicate among each other well as this is a core aspect of a highly performing team. Work done in teams’ yields many various advantageous results—such as the synergy of diverse ideas and solutions to issues for one and the camaraderie shared by the team members involved. However, not all teams are created equal and certainly not all of them are going to be effective. So, seeing as this is the case, you would need to identify whether the team you are working with is highly-performing or highly-efficient by taking a gander at the different qualities and characteristics of one down below.
1.) HIGHLY PERFORMING TEAMS HAVE DIVERSE MEMBERS
Effective and highly performing teams have members that do not necessarily think alike. They have members who challenge each other with their unique ideas and come up with an even more creative one that the one they started with. These team members do not simply supplement to an idea, but they build on it and offer some of theirs. Dynamic teams are composed of people with a different set of strengths and weaknesses, which would then be their bases in complementing each other. This cohesive set is radical because, in order to have an effective and highly-performing team, you need to have a reliable set of individuals who can be trusted enough to think outside the box.
2.) HIGHLY PERFORMING TEAMS EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE
Communication is a core aspect when getting anything done whether you are in a team or not. However, this quintessential aspect of business becomes even more imperative when it comes to teams working on tasks. There is no way a team who routinely stonewalls each other would ever accomplish anything by the end of the day. If they hardly communicate, there would be more errors which could have been mitigated initially had there been an open pathway for communication. Great teams rely on effective communication to merge their ideas and work efforts. Additionally, these team members are aware that oral and written communication should be both clear and concise in order to bring about favorable results. This is why your team should be composed of people who are comfortable in working together and speaking their minds regarding their particular responsibilities on a project in order to afford an avenue of creative expression and to ensure queries are raised before tasks are perfunctorily carried it with disastrous results.
3.) HIGHLY PERFORMING TEAMS HAVE CLEAR GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
For a team to be effective, it is incredibly crucial that they have clear goals and practical expectations. This allows them to operate under realistic timetables that would allow them to carry out tasks for projects better. As there is a synergy of different ideas at work, it is pivotal that all these individuals involved should know what exactly their particular responsibilities are in relation to the achievement of team objectives in order to have them unified and work toward a common goal. Progress should be monitored at different intervals in order to evaluate if certain tasks are done in a timely manner. This is so the bits and pieces of a particular project and the various elements it has would be ready should it ever be needed and to effectively avoid delays.
4.) HIGHLY PERFORMING TEAMS HAVE MEMBERS WHO MUTUALLY TRUST ONE ANOTHER
Trust is an essential factor when it comes to teamwork. Individuals in the team should learn to mutually trust one another in carrying out their respective tasks, in their proficiency in doing it, and doing it within the designated framework agreed by everyone. Should the team members mistrust each other, valuable time would be wasted monitoring what every team member is doing, skepticism of abilities would also occur and inevitably, animosity will ensue. Seeing as this would be the case, unnecessary delays would occur which could really take away from the other tasks involved in the project. When new members are introduced and incorporated into a team, it would serve you and them well if you gave them tasks of importance after they have proved themselves to the team as it would show you trust them and their capabilities in carrying it out.
5.) HIGHLY PERFORMING TEAMS LISTEN TO ONE ANOTHER
Just as effective communication is important in a highly performing team, listening to one another is just as imperative. This may seem like an underrated characteristic but this is incredibly crucial—most especially if you are looking to build powerful and strong teams. An active listening ear is an implication of your utmost desire to have an open communication with your team members; it also shows that you care. Team members who listen to one another would gain better insights about their projects and in turn, would yield effective and better results.
Teamwork involves the collaboration of different people with their respective ideas and insights. As there is a difference not only in ideas but in personalities as well, it is important that these team members learn to interact with each other effectively in order to yield prime results. Apart from the ones stated above, there are a lot more characteristics that would make a team tick and efficient but the ones above would ensure you of a strong foundation for an effective team and in no way should they be overlooked. Remember, effective teams are not made overnight and they need patience as well as hard work to build, but most assuredly the long-term results and the culture fostered by such will be all be very worth it.