Everything starts with
You cannot have a real team without one because people will not
find the desire to achieve the common goal.
members will work together and sacrifice only if they can see
what they're working toward. Capturing and communicating
vision is your role as a team leader. Only you can do it.
Create an inspiring
vision. Provide the big picture and keep
the vision of the big picture before yourself and your people.
Every team member "has a role to play, and every role has its
part in contributing to the bigger picture. Without that
perspective the team cannot accomplish its goal, whether the
team's "game" is sports, business, family, ministry, or
government," says John C.
the author of
The 17 Indisputable Laws of
a star team, not a team of stars.
will not reach its potential if players are unwilling to
subordinate their personal goals to the good of the team. As
Ervin "Magic" Johnson put it, "Everybody on a championship team
doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion." Be
personally a team player. Teach people to cooperate to make a
team a winning team, and thus all of them winners. Involve
trust, joint creativity,
open communication, and cohesive team effort. Help resolve
dysfunctional behavior. Facilitate join
problem solving and
collaboration. Fully utilize
diversity of team members.
How To Turn Problems Into Opportunities:
Establish shared ownership for the results.
Start with yourself – share
your own individual results with the group. Shared
responsibility is better achieved if the pay and reward system
has a significant element that is dependent on the overall
outcome. Keep the team informed how individual members are
performing – it is important
if Individuals' rewards depended on the performance of the group
as a whole.
Develop team members to fullest potential.
Bring out the best in
your people. Help team members to develop so that all of
them could effectively participate on the team.
Lead by setting a good example. Train,
provide effective feedback.
Make the work interesting and engaging.
Create enjoyable work
risk-taking, and constant improvement.
freedom to fail
fun in the workplace.
Maintain healthy group
dynamics. Facilitate problem solving and collaboration.
superleader. Develop team
members so that they can lead themselves. Don't give direct
commands or instructions, use
questions (such as
"What do you think should be done?") and
delegate authority, and be open to ideas.
rely on their judgment.
Give your people authority to
decide as much as possible. Encourage your team to engage in
self-leadership behaviors such as self-observation, role-playing
exercises, and self-problem
Encourage your team or groups within your team to evaluate
themselves and to give both positive and negative
feedback. Share with the team
members certain areas of your responsibility. Ask for their
input when you need to make a decision regarding recruitment,
firing, discipline, training, and promotion.
Develop a self-managing team.
inspire team members.
Recognize and celebrate team and team member
accomplishments and exceptional performance
types of communication exchanged between team members that
include goal setting, task assignments, work scheduling,
announcements, problem solving, performance evaluation,
praise, discussions, etc. Communicate in a way that is truthful
and believable to team members. Provide constructive feedback to
the team on where and how it might improve. Encourage open
communication among team members and communicate team views to
and from other teams. Encourage self-criticism and rehearsal.
Strive for team consensus and
win-win agreements. Provide guidance to the team based on upper
Escalate issues which cannot
be resolved by the team and communicate
team views to upper management.
Serve as a focal point to communicate and resolve interface and
integration issues with other teams.
Lead and facilitate constructive
rich array of
Monitor, but don't micromanage.
close supervision; do not overboss; do not dictate.
keep the team focused and on track. Communicate team status,
task accomplishment, and direction.
Intervene when necessary to
aid the group in resolving issues.