19 Sept 2013 – Robert C Jackson – Featured
A leader is not just a manager, but much more than that. Building great companies takes a great understanding of the so called ‘art of people’, as no business succeeds without being promoted, cultivated and supported by a team that works like a well-oiled mechanism. It is the leader’s role to understand his or her team, make it work, and ultimately, create results for the company. This ‘art of people’ is also known as team building.
Discover the role of each person in your team
Your first responsibility, as a leader, is to discover the role of each person in your team. This is often overlooked, as managers believe that it is the sole responsibility of the Human Resources department to put each employee in the best suited position. For corporate team building, this way of thinking can easily turn into a full scale disaster. If people are kept on positions they cannot handle well, they can bring down the cohesion and success of any team.
Philanthropic team building events can be very useful for observing your employees and understanding where they excel best. While some may have better organizing skills, others may be better at execution, not minding a bit of extra work. It is your role, as the leader, to understand each employee’s role and place everybody where it suits them best.
Informal feedback as a must for successful team building
Your team needs to know that they are on track with the current project, as it gives them a sense of progress and accomplishment. However, too many leaders fall in the trap of offering only formal feedback, which is soon considered boring and stiff by the employees involved in the project. Do not fear getting out your comfort zone and shake things up a bit, by offering your team the best incentive for working better and harder: knowing where they stand and how much they have accomplished so far.
Treat team building as a necessary part of corporate success. Without it, results will be late to appear, and your team will never act like a real team.
Offer accolades even when someone is just ‘doing their job’
This is very important when building a team. Members of the team need to know that they are valued for their contribution. After a philanthropic team building event, for instance, let the ones that brought their contribution to the event success know that you appreciate their effort. This will not only give them great satisfaction, but it will motivate them to do the same or even more next time.
As part of our corporate culture, people need to have a sense of personal accomplishment. By offering them accolades when deserved, you cultivate their loyalty towards the company.
Live success together with your team
A leader is not just a leader, but also a member of the team. Team building is about showing your team that you are not above them, but part of them. There is no better way to demonstrate that than by celebrating success together.