Teamwork makes the dream work, as the old saying goes. Even if you are a solo entrepreneur doing your own thing, there is always at least one person behind you helping you out. Everyone is good at something but no one is good at everything. Working in a team can be difficult at times and bring on some challenges, but learning how to deal with problems that arise and dealing with them correctly is gold. Especially dealing with them together; as a team.
Understand what a good team is
Flawless teamwork doesn’t just occur out of the blue. It demands conscious efforts from all individuals within the team including the leader. A great team consists of a few elements that must be present at all times:
A great team is the one whose work is based on clear objectives, clear roles, clear communication, cooperation, and opportunities for personal development. Remember that recipe and you’ll be on the right way towards building an effective team.
Set ground rules
Set ground rules for the team. These are the norms that you and the team establish to ensure efficiency and success. They can be simple directives (Team members are to be punctual for meetings) or general guidelines (Every team member has the right to offer ideas and suggestions), but you should make sure that the team creates these ground rules by consensus and commits to them, both as a group and as individuals.
Establish strong leadership
Being a leader isn’t about knowing everything. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite. It’s about having expertise in a particular field or skillset. There’s a reason that teams are made up of multiple people, each one serving a different role. Every team member brings their expertise, and together they are powerful.
Share your knowledge so people know that you’re the person to go to for advice. Become the person known for delivering solutions. Focus on the results, and do what is necessary to achieve them. Think outside the box and be creative. Allow yourself to be flexible in your mindset, and try multiple approaches until you find the best one.
Celebrate failures and successes
Celebrating your successes and milestones also brings your team together and allows everyone to see that when they work together, great things can happen. If someone does a great job at something, give them a shout out in front of the rest of the team so that every effort is seen and appreciated. This also helps each person to feel visible and that what they’re doing has an impact. In contrast, if your team fails at something, come together to redirect your efforts or turn it into something positive. Don’t throw anyone under the bus or turn a damage-control discussion into a blame game. This never helps anybody. Instead, give your team equal responsibility to put your heads together and figure out the next steps or pivots.