Why is teamwork important?
Over the last few years, the importance of teamwork has increased significantly. Companies have started to notice and appreciate the power of good teams and have put much more effort to facilitating teamwork.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson
Anyone who’s had a chance to work in a strong, successful team will certainly tell you a lot about the benefits of effective teamwork. A good team is one in which all members work together towards a common goal. There might be diverse personalities (and hopefully there are!), but everyone should be able to understand different points of view and build relationships with other team members. Working in such a team boosts productivity, fosters creativity and works wonders for employees’ engagement. The benefits are also clearly visible in the results the team delivers.
So what are the elements that make a good team?
It’s very difficult to create a good team without a powerful leader. Even the most effective teams need leaders who will help them grow and develop. Supportive leadership means not only being able to delegate tasks and manage the workflow, but also helping team members see how their work fits into the big picture and what their common goals are.
Leaders should inspire and motivate teams as well as make everyone feel appreciated. For this to be possible, they need to get to know the team members – not only as employees, but also as people. It’s the best way to mutual understanding.
Another important element of supportive leadership is recognising and celebrating successes, at the same time accepting failures that happen along the way. Showing support will certainly help avoid them in the future.
Step two in the process of building a good team is taking care of effective communication. But what does “effective” actually mean? Simply put – clear, concise and regular. When sending emails, write only about what’s relevant and avoid unclear messages that can confuse your co-workers. If you’re a leader – organise regular meetings with team members to give everyone a chance to hear constructive feedback and talk over potential problems. Taking care of such good communication habits not only facilitates teamwork but also helps avoid conflicts.
In a good team, everyone should feel encouraged to voice their opinions and discuss different points of view in order to reach a compromise in the end. It’s important not to take communication for granted, as it requires constant effort and efficient tools, such as HeySpace, which are extremely helpful in taking care of effective communication.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand other people emotions and behaviour and that’s always challenging. Understanding different personalities is the first step to accepting them, which can spare lots of frustrations and conflicts and help build stronger relations with the people you work with.
Thanks to emotional intelligence we’re also able to take into account the perspectives of teammates, which results in higher overall team functioning.
Respect among team members is a natural consequence of emotional intelligence. The first step to respect your co-workers is to acknowledge there might be differences between you but you can be a good team despite (or maybe thanks to) them.
Recognising the efforts of others and appreciating their work is an equally important element of showing respect. Instead of criticising someone’s idea, present your own point of view and try to reach a compromise, but always show that you value the effort they’ve put into a given task.
Last but not least, trust is the basis of all good relations and work is no exception here. In order to build a successful team, all team members must be honest and trust one another. For instance, when sharing progress, it’s crucial to be upfront about the situation and not sugar-coat the failures.
What helps a lot build trust in a team is taking care of transparency. To achieve this, it’s important to organise the flow of information in an efficient way and show work progress in a way that everyone is up to date. What can be extremely helpful here are effective task collaboration tools.
HeySpace is a task management and communication tool that can help build a successful team. If you’re a leader, it makes it easy to organise the workflow, delegate tasks and track progress. It makes the communication easier for all team members, as well as making the workflow transparent. Thanks to that, teams can work more productively and collaborate effectively.
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