Building your Team

Building your Team may sound like a daunting task. You may think you don’t know anyone you can trust or that is capable to do the job the way you want. If you really want to build up a Team and you know what you want, it may be very simple to get there. But there are a few questions you need to ask both yourself and the people you want to recruit, otherwise, it won’t work.

Leadership skills

The most important question you need to ask yourself is if you have good leadership skills. And this is something I see a lot of managers failing. To build your team you need to understand how to lead that team. Being the leader, the manager, or the boss does not mean that your team members must be marionettes and do everything you want without questioning or having an input. That is not working in a team, that is a dictatorship!

A leader is someone who leads the way, someone who opens up the path for the team, but it is also someone who must be open to listen and welcome other’s opinions and ideas. Someone who is ready to learn from the team and help them should they need their assistance. Unfortunately, we see lots of company managers who believe being the boss is about delegating and always having the last word. Maybe that’s why so many companies fail and we have so many people being bullied in the workplace.

Working in a Team

For 10 years I worked in a team and I had an amazing experience. Although I was perceived as the Team Leader, I always saw myself as a team member. Yes, I would propose lots of things for the team, but I never made a decision alone or imposed my views on my team. All decisions were made together and everyone had their input on it. The purpose of a team is to grow together. So, if you want to grow, you also need to let your team grow, by validating them and listening to what they have to say. You may disagree and that is perfectly normal, but you exchanged ideas and had the chance to explore a different point of view. That I call growing professionally and as an individual as well.

If you are not ready to listen if you don’t like to change your mind, or if you have difficulty trusting others, then working in a team is not for you.

Being on the same page

But you also have to ask your team a few questions. Be upfront, be honest, be transparent. I think that is the main key to success. Before you welcome them to your team, let them know what are your goals for the team and what do you expect of them. This will be the pillar for a great relationship and will spare you and your team from a lot of heartaches. Because you need your team to be on the same page as you, having the same goals in mind, otherwise it won’t be a team, it will a group of people going in different directions and that is not beneficial for the team. If everyone wants the same and everyone is willing to do the work to achieve that common goal, then the team is built and you just need to keep going.

I would say that 70% of a team’s success is great leadership, 20% teamwork, and 10% trust. Do you have what it takes to make it happen?

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