In today’s world teams take many forms. Technology and geography lead to ‘virtual teams’ that might never physically meet; projects require rapid formation of teams for a short-term activity; joint effort across departments is increasingly required in nearly every industry. This all means that team-building skills are ever more important and recurring.
Good team builders help groups work together and meet their goals. They build trust, mitigate conflict, improve communication, engage employees and increase collaboration. They make individuals work as a cohesive group where all members feel invested in the direction and accomplishments of the team.
These are some key factor to consider when talking about team-building.
Communication. It is important to clearly express ideas in ways that others can understand. At the same time, you need to listen to others’ ideas and be open to taking and applying their feedback. This is essential to solve problems and make sure every team member feels heard. Plus, you need to understand the concerns of every member so that they feel that they are being considered and appreciated.
Problem Solving. A team builder must help to resolve both issues related to the group’s goals and interpersonal problems between team members. In this sense, you have to be able to negotiate with team members to settle disputes and make sure everyone is happy with the team’s choices.
Leadership and teamwork. Being a team builder often entails assuming a leadership role. When facing a conflict, establishing goals, and confronting group members, leadership and management skills are required. Being a good leader is important, but so is being a good team player—you can help build a strong team by showing the team what it means to work well in a group.
Motivation. A team builder gets other team members excited about setting and achieving project goals. This motivational energy can take many forms, such as having a positive attitude, or encouraging other teammates with positive feedback.
Employers believe that highly collaborative teams will achieve greater productivity, better customer relations, and less conflicts. Sharpen the skills above and show yourself as the accomplished team-builder they look for.