Recall a time when you were the leader of a team. You know that there are lots of ups and downs. Being the leader of a team straps you with a lot of responsibility. As the leader of the team, you need to be able to manage these ups and downs!
Teamwork is the efficient cooperation of everyone in a group to achieve success. 60% of teams fail because there is a lack of teamwork in the group! Deficient teamwork is a result of conflict between team members, lack of clarity from the leader, lack of skills, and poor communication between the team and the leader.
Many teams end up failing because the team members all come from different backgrounds. They do not share similar values, and they are not willing to learn to share similar values. It is crucial for leaders to set clear expectations on how team members should treat each other. If not, the ethics of the team may become chaotic. Another common reason for failure is when the leader falls short in placing the person with the right skillset into the appropriate role. This brings down the team's motivation and morale. Most significantly, a leader should ensure that everyone in the team shares the same vision as well as a great work ethic!
There are four steps that guarantee the success of a team.
Make sure team members share equal values.
Ensure that your team has the knowledge and skillset to complete a task.
Give instructions with clarity, and set expectations on how team members should treat each other, important priorities, and timelines.
Recognize and celebrate your team's accomplishments!
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."
- Henry Ford