Do you want to have a successful and effective team? If yes, then you are in the right place. Here are the 7 irrefutable and indispensable marks of an effective team!
Have you ever seen another team that seems to have figured things out – that no matter what tasks they were given, they surely deliver? Not only that, but they look like a well-oiled machine, working together in achieving a common goal.
Do you wish to have a team like that?
Do you ever wish that you are part of a team that produces actual results?
Do you want to improve the way your team works?
Well, you’re in good hands. In this post, you will discover what makes a team effective and successful. Here are the 7 undeniable, irrefutable, and remarkable marks of a truly, highly effective team!
The 7 marks at a glance:
- Teams have inspiring leaders
- Teams see their work as valuable
- Teams see their work as personally meaningful
- Teams need clear goals
- Teams need to have defined roles
- Team members should be dependable
- Team members listen to each other
Teams have inspiring leaders
If you see a successful team, it can be that they have an effective leader.
Leaders are there not just to simply give commands, but also provide inspiration, encouragement, and most importantly, direction.
A team can’t move forward if their leader is always late, does not listen to his/her teammates, and does not have the right character. For a team to work, a leader must have the right qualities to lead others.
Leadership skills are learned and develop. If you want to lead a team more effectively, I highly recommend John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” This book has already made great leaders since it was released a decade ago. Let it hone you to be the best leader that you can be today!
Mark no. 2: Teams see their work as valuable
If you want to have an effective team, members MUST see their work as important. They must see the significance of their contribution to the team and if applicable, to the company as a whole.
Each member should have an understanding of what it means to successfully complete their tasks. They should also know why they are doing what they are asked to do. If not, then teams can easily slack off and simply give a mediocre result.
Mark no. 3: Teams see their work as personally meaningful
Seeing your work as valuable to the team and company is important, but it is equally important that you see that your work is also valuable to yourself.
If you see that your team isn’t working right, it could be that your team members don’t see their tasks as something important to them.
In an ideal world, people should automatically contribute value to the team. However, that is not always the case. If people don’t see how their company could give them value as well, they wouldn’t work as effective as possible.
Perhaps, you have experienced dragging your foot to work. But if you see your work as personally important, you will have a renewed commitment to do your tasks individually and collectively.
If you want your team to be more successful, you need to find how your team or task could also give value to your team members. It is actually a symbiotic relationship – a give and takes effort.
Mark no. 4: Teams need clear goals
Thomas Carlyle once said:
“A man without a goal is a ship without a rudder.”
The same is true with a team. If your team does not have a goal, you would never be able to achieve anything. And not just any other goal, but they should be CLEAR goals.
Setting a goal might sound complex, but there are tricks you can apply. Now, this can be a huge topic, so I highly recommend that you read Brian Tracey’s popular book, “Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible.”
Goals are important because it helps the team to be on the same page. When they know where the team is going, each member would have a better grasp of their task and how their work contributes to the greater scheme of your job.
So, if you want to have a successful team, set a goal and make sure they are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
Mark no. 5: Teams need to have defined roles
There’s a reason why people are given a contract to sign upon starting a new job. The contract lays out his/her role and the expectations of his/her work.
Defined roles help team members focus on what they are expected to do. Not only that, but everyone in the team would be able to know to whom tasks are assigned and who the best person is for the job.
I can’t overemphasize enough how CRITICAL it is for everyone to know their roles and responsibilities.
To give you an example, in a basketball game, everyone is given a position. One is a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. If any of these team members try to occupy the position of another, you know how it can negatively affect the team’s chance of winning.
Again, if you want to have a great team, make sure every member knows their job, role, and responsibility.
Mark no. 6: Team members should be dependable
Imagine if you have given a task to your team member and only to find out that when the deadline comes, he didn’t do anything!
I’m sure that would be really frustrating.
That’s where dependability comes in.
Team members should not only know their roles, but they must be dependable. When the leader assigns tasks to them, they must see to it that they will do their job in a timely and efficient manner.
The last thing you want to happen is to happily delegate tasks and end up frustrated with unfinished jobs.
Mark no. 7: Team members listen to each other
Among the marks of a truly successful team, I would say this is the most important.
You can gather competent and brilliant team members together, but they will ultimately fail if they don’t listen to each other.
In the book of Charles Duhigg entitled, Smarter Faster Better, he eloquently explained:
“Teams succeed when everyone feels like they can speak up and when members show they are sensitive to how one another feels.”
I believe there are a lot of truths in that statement. In the same book, Duhigg suggested that leaders should not interrupt teammates during conversations. They must exhibit a listening attitude by summarizing what people say after they said it. They must only end a meeting after seeing to it that everyone has spoken at least once.
When every team member feels that they are important and they are being heard, they tend to become more enthusiastic, energetic, and committed to the team.
Do you want to have a successful team?
Everyone wants to have a successful team or at least be part of that kind of team. From sports team to corporate teams, you can seek to apply the principles I discussed in this blog. More importantly, these principles can even be applied in your personal life.
So, if you want to have a successful team, be sure to remember the points listed on this blog. By applying these points, I’m sure you’re on your way to having the best team ever!
P.S. By the way, working as a team is no doubt more complicated than working as an individual. Thus, this blog is only an introduction to a more complex topic.
If you want to be effective in managing a team or working in a team, I highly recommend you read this powerful book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable.”
It has attained thousands of positive reviews and praises from its readers. I’m sure you won’t regret reading this book especially when you want to improve your team.