5 Strategies to Ensure a Successful Team

September 22, 2012 by  

Getting everyone on the same page is certainly key to effective team outcomes and that originates from honest, forward thinking, inspiring, competent leadership. In addition the following elements would do much to ensure that the aims and goals of the group are achieved with harmony and efficiency.

1.Establish the conditions for success…..determine the skills necessary to accomplish your goals and then choose the team members according to those needs, abilities and personalities.

2.Establish clear goals….if the team does not know what is expected, in other words what they are striving to do, it is most difficult to achieve those outcomes. Various perspectives can be integrated in a collaborative approach to the teamwork necessary to successfully complete the elements required to reach the desired goal.

3.Create a decision-making process……the role of the leader is to facilitate the process with focus, decisiveness, and motivation. Time lines need to be included in this strategy, as well as specific assignments of responsibility. Again, clear lines of communication and respect for each team member must be employed.

4.Establish expectations…..the leader, together with the team, must articulately outline the rules, procedures, and structure that will allow everyone to participate bringing their skills into play to benefit the entire team effort. Differing opinions, approaches etc. should not be discounted without proper exploration of their value so that everyone feels respected, supported and acknowledged.

5.Open communication….an environment that invites a collaborative approach to projects is essential for problem solving, conflict resolution, and the successful achievement of common goals. Again, the leader sets the tone, however each team member must buy into the respectful treatment of colleagues in order for happiness, creativity and productivity to occur.

Building and managing a team is hard work. A key factor for a team’s effectiveness is to make sure everyone in the organization understands the purpose of the team. Without support from everyone, especially the Leader, the team is likely to fail. Therefore, in order to ensure successful outcomes; assess each individual, set goals, create a decision making process, establish norms, and have open communication.