Strong teamwork is necessary to finish any big project, but many supervisors find it difficult to make their team a cohesive unit.
Juggling the needs of individual workers along with the larger group dynamic can bring confusion to team efforts, causing the work to suffer. When leading team projects, you must be able to clearly communicate and assemble individual ideas while you build trust.
When people work together, trust should be a byproduct of the interaction. Team members must open up with each other and share honest opinions. An effective team understands the value of being open and honest, regardless of how challenging it might be. Constructive criticism produces information that can be used to improve individual abilities and make the whole team better.
Consider the following ways to foster trust and teamwork among your employees.
Close any skill gaps
Skill gaps put the entire team at a disadvantage. Hiring the right people for the right jobs can close any looming skill gaps.
If you are screening applicants and notice a prospective employee is better suited for another position, don’t hesitate to suggest hiring them for that position. Making variations early in the candidate selection process guarantees a prospective employee will not end up being ineffective in the wrong job.
Get to know individuals
Establishing solid connections with every worker leads to a strong bond across the entire team, leading to mutual respect. Understanding how people tick and what drives them also strengthens both your leadership position and status as the go-to person on various issues.
Leverage individual strengths
Each individual brings different skills to the table. The key to an effective team is finding how these individual abilities come together in the best way possible. Individual abilities can be thought of as cogs in your team’s machine. When these cogs are aligned, the machine runs efficiently. When they slip or grind together, the machine breaks down.
As a manager, you must have a well-oiled machine. Don’t hesitate to adjust individual cogs as you go.
Get everyone on the same page
Begin a team project by plainly articulating the team’s mission. Allowing staff members to see the complete business vision leaves less room for misunderstandings about individual roles on the project. After giving employees the big picture, open the floor for questions and conversation.
Gently guide collaboration
Permit each team member to contribute ideas when starting a creative process. Shooting down ideas right off the bat causes reluctance from staff members who had been eager to share their thoughts. The best teams have an open-door policy on ideas.
The one situation when it might be okay to interrupt or stop a line of discussion is if the team starts going down an unproductive tangent. To keep things moving along, write down each idea and move on to the next one, so the team can evaluate the entire collection of ideas.
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