The Key to Building A Winning Team

It takes great leadership to build a winning team. Building a successful business requires the knowledge to build long lasting teams. Creating a winning team does not happen overnight. It involves hiring the right key players, assessing their skills and abilities, keeping open lines of communication, and working towards a common goal. The more challenges that your organization is presented with, the far more critical it becomes to build a team that is efficient and effective.

1. Determine the Key Players That Are Needed

Before putting together the perfect team, you will need to know exactly who you are looking for and what qualities they should embody. Knowing what each component of running your business requires and who it takes to fill that position is important. Having clear and concise roles and responsibilities will be essential in building your team. Developing job descriptions will help you articulate the most important outcomes you need from an employee and the tasks they are to perform. There are many roles that potential candidates can play. Hiring multifaceted players that can perform more than one role can be beneficial. Be sure not to put too much responsibility on one person that it forces them to become unable to keep up and essentially unproductive.

2. What Makes The Candidate Right For Your Team?

When choosing the right candidate to hire, you should know what their competencies are and how to best leverage them to get the maximum benefit. The person should be able to perform the job duties as required and have the drive to learn more. Knowing at what level a person can and will succeed and what is needed to get them to that point will determine if they are a right fit for your team. You should consider whether or not the candidate fits and buys into your office culture. The person must be flexible and work well with others. Bringing in someone who has a creative streak and shares your vision of the company will be increasingly beneficial.

3. Communicate Communicate Communicate

Take time to build working relationships with each team player. This will not only make each person feel as though they are a part of the team, but it will enable that person to build trust in you. If they trust you, they will consistently work harder to ensure that the goals of the company are met. Keeping the lines of communication open will make the team player feel comfortable bringing problems and issues to your attention when they arise. Praise the team members when they do something exceptional, meet a goal or milestone. This will increase employee motivation and their overall performance. Use constructive criticism to provide feedback that can help the employee grow and develop into the team player that you need.

4. Encourage Interaction

When individuals know their roles and responsibilities, there is far less confusion and competitiveness. This will allow the team members to come together and collaborate strategically on projects and other tasks at hand. Interaction can also be a benefiting factor in reducing oversight. When the team members interact and work together, they can identify missing components that another team member may have over looked, and resolve the issue before it becomes a major problem. A team that interacts well together will work to ensure the success of the business.

5. Make Teamwork The Culture of Your Office

A company culture is values and practices shared by all members of the team.  You want your employees to embody the values that are set forth in that culture. The company culture is vital to its success because it emulates what the company represents. Companies with a strong culture that is aligned to their business goals routinely outperform their competitors. To achieve those results with your business, you have to first determine what your culture is, how you are going to implement it, and essentially guide your team players to achieve the desired culture.

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