The secret to building better teams
For all current managers and aspiring team leaders; here’s the secret you need to know.
Personality types shape teams and ultimately lead to the success of a project. Ranging from quiet or loud, introverted or extroverted, compliant or argumentative, the best teams balance their unique blend of people to make things happen. This results in the ability to negotiate disruptions or challenges and move forward with action and results.
1. The best teams have a certain level of harmony.
While you don’t necessarily want a team where everyone thinks exactly the same, you do want a team that knows how to achieve agreement on crucial matters, ultimately.
2. The best teams show respect among members.
Not everyone will agree all of the time, however you want to ensure that there is respect between team members, always, even during some of the tough discussions. Team members who regularly honor others with respectful words and actions help build better teams.
3. The best teams have constructive debates.
Debating often has a negative connotation and sometimes people argue just to argue. However, the best teams have personalities that have evolved debates into friendly negotiations and decision making moments, able to combine different viewpoints and come together for a best outcome.
4. The best teams like each other
This doesn’t mean the best teams always get along – there are times when flare-ups expose needed issues within or around the team and are ultimately helpful for healing and future health. However, throughout your team, likeability should be an undercurrent that keeps the team flowing forward.
5. The best teams are hungry to win.
If all members have an underlying craving for accomplishment, winning awards, bettering performance, pleasing their boss and whatever ‘winning’ looks like, then the likelihood of the team being highly successful accelerates.
6. The best teams have members who are positive thinkers.
While it’s easy to be optimistic when things are going smoothly, when a team hits a wall, a team can plummet. Positive thinkers who have a glass-half-full mentality are points of strength for teams.
7. The best teams have humble team members.
Though it may seem to some that humility equals softness, it really is quite the opposite. The most confident and strong members have personalities founded on humility. They recognize it takes a team to achieve their goals, and that, in addition to their confident strengths, they rely on their mates to move mountains.
By Akvile Varnelyte