PLAYING a team game is so important – and we’re talking business not sport here!
Today more than ever, the experience, knowledge and skills of an entire workforce are key to business success. The saying ‘we’re in this together’ could not be more appropriate. Leaders need to recognise that everybody has strengths and it is how they can best be utilised which helps mould a group of people into an effective unit.
An efficient team can add so much value to the business because, together, it can contribute more than the individual components that make the whole.
Having complementary attributes and experience, within varying roles, can achieve agreed aims, as long as that team are given the right platform by those at the helm.
As a boss, make sure you.
1. Express what you want people to contribute within the team.
2. Work out each person’s skill-set. And decide whether you need to overlook someone who may be highly gifted in one aspect, for another who offers less technical expertise perhaps, but is a more rounded option for the benefit of the team.
3. Ensure the objectives of your group are relevant, easy to measure, realistic and achievable within a certain timescale.
Also, lead by example, put into practice the standards you are trying to instill in others. Get people to do things because they want to. That is one of the gifts of true leadership.