Simplifying team building

In this week’s Inc.com Leadership Newsletter Chris Musselwhite tackles a topic that has been the impetus of several business management books published over the last few years, building and leading high performance teams. As one who has read many of these books, I often find myself being overwhelmed with page after page of tasks a leader should perform to get positive results from those they lead. This is the very reason Musselwhite’s article is a breath of fresh air.

It’s said that the best leaders take the complicated and make them simple. This is certainly the case with Musselwhite as he simplifies what a leader should exemplify when building an effective team into three categories.

• Promoting understanding of why a group of people need to be a team. The team needs to understand its shared goals and what each team member brings to the team that is relevant and crucial to its overall successes.
• Ensuring the team has adequate knowledge to accomplish its task. This includes information relevant to the team’s goals and individual job competencies.
• Facilitating effective interaction in such as way as to ensure good problem solving, decision making and coordination of effort.

The articles goes on to include characteristics of highly effective teams, which is a great way to see if you and your team has what it takes to be effective. Read the entire article by clicking HERE.

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