If you are an entrepreneur, or a small to medium sized enterprise, and you are looking to expand by taking on additional staff, the value of a talented and well-integrated team can’t be overstated.
It doesn’t matter how large your business is or what industry sector you belong to, the success of your business relies on the strength of your team. Take a look at our examples below on how to create a successful business team.
If you are an entrepreneur, or have grown your business from scratch, the first thing you learn is that you cannot do everything yourself. A team is like an intricate clock mechanism. You need all the different-sized cogs placed together, working in unison, in order for it to work. If your team is the mechanism, you need to find the right cogs and put them in the right places. Identify these cogs in terms of what your business is and the skills you need in order for it to function. What roles do you need to fill, and how do these roles relate to your existing staff?
Now you know what you need and what you are looking for, it will be easier to find the right fit, as well as communicating this to individuals within your team. We label ourselves in order to feel that we have identity, purpose and meaning. Do the same with your team and let them know and understand their role, both individually and in relation to the overall team. Each person should know their role, what is what is expected of them and the team, and how the two are connected. This will ensure that each individual is accountable, whilst also unifying your team as a whole.
The best way to develop trust is by placing it in the people around you. If you empower your employees by giving them responsibility, you can build internal trust, loyalty and unification. If you are an employer and decision maker, people will look at you as an authority figure. In order to break those boundaries and form a team that works as a unit, you need to distribute ownership and responsibilities throughout your team.
Even if your team is working together with equal responsibility over the business, you still need a captain to sail the ship. There needs to be an overall leader, both for the overall operation and smaller departments. In order to be an effective leader you need to gain respect, provide clear direction, set expectations and goals, and communicate team success.
The best way to communicate success is through praise. Once a member of your team knows their role and your expectations, they also need to know that what they are doing is right. You must celebrate the achievement of these goals. Try to regularly review performance and create plans for individuals’ development.
To summarise, you need to understand the needs of your business, learn and communicate the roles, strengths and expectation to your team members, and maintain an overall equilibrium through effective leadership and regular appraisals.