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Components of a solid team

Dec 23, 2015

Working in a company means you most likely will have to integrate into a team. Having a healthy and productive team is key when striving for success, many employees quit their job because they feel as if they are uncomfortable, left-out and are not happy in their current work place. Feeling comfortable and at ease in your group is one of the key elements needed in order to really work at the best you possibly can, it also benefits your colleagues because it acts as a domino affect, if you are exerting a positive attitude, it will rub off onto others and promote a healthy environment.

 

1. Having a solid leader

Every heard needs a shepherd, the leader of a team is the one who glues everybody together, motivates them to become leaders themselves, ensures the operation is running smoothly as possible and that everybody is having a good time. The leaders role is the embodiment of the groups values, goals and ambition.

Having a group leader that is available to cater to the needs of the individuals problems is essential because it makes the individuals comfortable to open up to and seek guidance from the leader who should point them in the right way. Being able to confidently make decisions is a key part of the role too, the team members themselves may not have the experience and power to make such vital decisions. Being confident in your actions and decisions also will gain your teams trust as they watch you deal with certain problems. Always remember that a team leaders actions will pass onto their staff because it is human nature to mimic and coming from a position of high authority, a leader will have a lot of influence.

2. Open communication

Team communication skills are a critical part of ensuring success amongst a group and is a valuable life skill. Ensuring a team is comfortable enough to be able to listen to what others have to say and taking it in is one of the biggest contributors to how well a team functions together. 

Team cohesiveness is based around the relationships of individuals and how well they can express themselves with each other. 

All teams are expected to have problems at some point, wether it be hostility amongst people or being unable to agree upon something. A life lesson to take away here is how important taking the moral high ground in a situation is, if you are in a position where you and a colleague are not getting on, do not let the personal differences affect every body in the teams performance, acting professional in this situation works best because you both are part of a team with a shared goal and that should be the priority. 

3. Team building

There are no better activities than team building exercises because they give a chance for employees to get to know each other better in a less strict setting through the use of icebreaker challenges, employees also show a boost in communication, relationship building, motivation and morale.  The use of these activities will help your employees feel much more integrated with each other and the company as a whole, it will break the “stiffness” some people feel as its a much less formal environment and is fun in most cases.

For more information on the activities, read here.

4. Friendships outside of work

Just because you work in the office with people, does not mean your relationship with them has to be just in a work environment. Treat your co-workers like you do with your friends, it would be wise to hang out with them every so often outside of work to get to know them even better, maybe have a group dinner, go out bowling, watch sports or even play sports with each other. This culture of connectivity enables you to really enjoy where you work because instead of referring to them as colleagues, you would be able to call them your friends. 

5. Self-awareness

It is important in life to always look at yourself for problems before you pass the blame on another person. One of your main targets should always be to improve yourself, look at what you done wrong so you can see how to improve it and not make the same mistake again, this is essential in self-development because all too many times people see the problem as everything else but them. If you are receiving constructive criticism about yourself, always try to learn from it and not take it too personally. 

Being the best you can be is always helpful when trying to build a bond with other people, when trying to work effectively in a team and will help you in the long run.

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