John Maxwell said “You can lose with a great team, but you cannot win without them.”
To build a great team you have to build the individuals on the team.
A team is made up of different individuals and its success is dependent on how well everyone works together.
Working together precedes winning together.
Someone rightly said the word TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. How true!
The importance of teamwork to every team cannot be over-emphasised, and it is your responsibility as a leader to promote it.
Many teams have failed to achieve their goals because the individuals on the team could not work together or the leader did not know how to manage their strengths and weaknesses properly.
Cooperation might not take a team to its peak, but Collaboration certainly will.
Cooperation is when a team works together agreeably and on the other hand, Collaboration is when a team works together aggressively.
Here are the 6Cs that destroy teamwork:
1. Control: The desire for control is a killer. This occurs when individuals on a team try to manipulate people to achieve their goals and project their interests. These individuals might even try to hijack the authority of the leader. This can cause factions to spring up and motivation can dampen.
Advice: Team leaders should clearly outline the role of every member on the team, and also establish a reporting structure and chain of command.
2. Condemnation: Misunderstandings will certainly arise in teams, but it is the leader’s responsibility to ensure that it does not get messy and personal.
No team member should be judged or victimised for airing his or her opinions and views.
Advice: Always set ground rules of engagement and state the implications for anyone who goes against them.
3. Compulsion: It is better to make team members see how their input adds up to the overall success of the team, and the positive impact it will have on their personal lives and careers.
Advice: Never threaten team members to do what you want. You might just be promoting eye-service.
4. Competition: Unhealthy competition and rivalry will douse the fire of unity in your team.
Advice: Promote healthy competition, but find a way of ensuring that outcomes are not taken personal to the point that it hurts the team.
Let your team members understand that ‘completing one another is more important than competing with one another’. Be generous with praise.
5. Compensation: Your reward and compensation system must be balanced and devoid of any form of favouritism. Do not let your team members believe in anyway that there is a bias. It might destroy the trust they have and weaken the team’s bond.
Advice: Openly reward team members and always tie rewards to performance or exemplary traits. Do not promote an entitlement mentality.
6. Comparison: Human beings like comparing themselves to others, to know if they are making progress, and this can breed jealousy and resentment on the team.
Advice: Always highlight the abilities of every team member and how their work compliments others and adds to the overall success of the team.
Make your team members comfortable with their uniqueness, and help them discover more positive traits in themselves. There is a thin line between praise and hype though!