What is teamwork?
Teamwork is the collective or joined effort of a group of individuals working together with the common interest of achieving a goal. The individuals that work together as a team are usually people of like mind, sharing the same knowledge and understanding.
What is leadership?
In one of my previous articles, “10 top leadership skills to learn”, I emphasize the meaning of leadership. However, for a clearer understanding, Leadership is the ability of an individual to act as the principal person over a group or organization. He or she has the authority to give instruction and enforce the action on any of his team members.
How can leaders build their team?
Organize training and seminars
Occasionally schedule meetings with the team members, you can draw a roaster for this. Include days for seminars and other days for training.
This is where you evaluate and gain knowledge of each member’s personality, ability, and level of competency. Encourage them to ask questions where they are misleading. Equip them with the knowledge that is needed to achieve organizational goals. Teach them to co-operate with the leader and within them in lifting the team.
Give rewards and incentive
Starting a team at the initial stage may prove difficult. The beginning of everything is usually tough, yet you have to start somewhere. First, you need to encourage your team by not only inspiring them to work but also doing some little things that could uplift their spirit to perform better.
There are many ways of giving rewards. You can give a public “thank you” and words of praise or a handshake. You may as well like to offer tangible gifts. These rewards can only make your team feel accepted for their efforts. It will also encourage them to become more positive toward their task.
Maybe sometimes, you may prefer to set a target and at the same time set a prize to it, for instance telling them that whoever meets 90% of the target will get a certain gift. This can make them supportive in helping you build a stronger team.
Build trust from the start
It is very important to note this: to make sure to start on a friendly ground with your team. Give them every reason to trust you by exhibiting a trustworthy character before them. Even if you have to tell lies to your family members, avoid doing so to your teamwork.
Let Justice and fairness rule, in all things be moderate in your dealings and do not take sides in settling disagreements. Build a solid trust that will command all-round respect from them. Avoid using expensive jokes that may turn out to be false. It can degrade your worth before them. Trusting the leader from the start is a way of ensuring strong team collaboration
Be a motivator
You do not need to be a trained motivational speaker before you can build your team. You can start by telling them stories of successful people who made achievements in life. How those people started on a low level and made an impact in life.
Note: before you tell such stories make sure to have complete genuine knowledge about people’s successful life. This is to avoid seeing you as having cooked up tales for them.
Set goals to encourage
Every organization has its motive and objectives for setting it up. Remind them how these objectives are important to both the organization and team members. Identify the priorities base on the importance of each objective.
Teach them how to achieve those goals through effective time management. Encourage them to strive for the best result in every task they undertake.
Ask for feedback by encouraging them to air their opinion. This could help you understand their weaknesses and shortcomings. Finally, find a solution to members’ weaknesses and then monitor their performance to know how to assist further.
Empathy is important but does not go contrary to the objectives of the organization as to become charity by impression. You need to show interest by being considerate and sympathetic towards their needs and goals.
By understanding their viewpoint and trying to see where you can be of help. Being empathetic does not mean compromising with the teamwork flow. You have to set the two apart, different from the other when proffering a solution
Respect is a two-way process, it is a give and take attitude. In as much as the leader needs maximum respect from his team, it should be a reversal process. As a leader, you as well need to show reverence to every member. Do not be too strict or harsh towards them. At the same time, do not be too lenient. Try to balance the situation to create an atmosphere of friendliness and steady teamwork