If you’re looking to improve your team’s effectiveness and garner greater results, it is crucial to understand the essence of what a team is.

Individuals simply grouped together are not a team. A team in the true sense, is a group of different people, working together towards a common goal.

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

As a manager or team leader, you want a successful who team are highly productive, show initiative and are motivated to get results. To improve your team’s effectiveness, you need to actively engage in teambuilding efforts to establish a cohesive unit that leverages collective brainpower in a joint effort to succeed.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can begin improving your team’s effectiveness.

1.     Better Team Communication

Communication is key! Clear channels of communication and understanding between your team members is possibly the most important ingredient needed for success.

Every aspect of life within the team needs to be clear to everyone involved. Be especially clear on expectations and instructions.

Encourage sharing of information and regular, quick status meetings or catch-up chats. Another way to improve your team’s communication is through brainstorm sessions, shared working documents, and a collaborative working environment.

2.    Be a Better Team Leader

A great team, starts with a great leader. As a team leader, you need to ensure that you are providing the necessary foundation for your team to build on. You should set the standard and act as an example for the rest of the individuals in the group. Innovation comes from inspiration, and your team will be looking to you as a source.

To lead effectively, you’ll need to have goals set, roles defined and a clear mission communicated to your team.

Keep a clear vision and be willing to take risks!

3.    Create a Culture of Learning

As we’ve discussed in a previous post, a culture of learning within your team is an extremely valuable asset. By creating an open culture, your team will feel comfortable in sharing and putting their hand up when they need help or have made a mistake.

It also provides the opportunity for the team to improve their skills constantly and better their performance.

Encourage learning within your team by sponsoring educational courses or incentivising online courses. By letting your team stretch their wings, it will foster innovation in their efforts and contributions.

4.    Recognition and Incentives

If the members on your team have something to work towards, this greatly increase their performance. There is nothing like the promise of reward to motivate people.

Put some performance measurements in place and communicate the incentives to your team. This creates some healthy competition within the team and for individuals too.

Simple recognition of your team’s efforts and celebrating their achievement can go a long way. You can bring their successes to the attention of the rest of your organisation.

5.    Operating Processes

If your team have streamlined processes for carrying out their work, this will greatly improve productivity. Processes can be put in place for mundane tasks as well as higher level work. This will create a guideline, or ground rules for your team to follow.

Work with your team to implement processes for as many aspects of their work as possible. Processes can be implemented for tackling issues, decision making and a host of other situations they will encounter.

Interested in developing your leadership skills to create conditions for collaboration to thrive? Get in touch with one of our consultants today to find out how we can help.