Steps to building a successful team: Part 1
The first step is to build trust.
Throughout life we often find ourselves having to work with individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a variety of skill sets with them. Teams are formed to organize or develop a community event, an employee picnic or to create a small business. In addition, there are many types of teams that we may be a part of such as, a Tribal Council or Board, a Child Welfare Committee or a professional development team. No matter what we choose to do in life we will have to work in a team environment. However, teams develop certain behaviors over time which could impede a team from reaching their full potential. Issues that may prevent a team from reaching their goals include a lack of communication, inability to trust each other, ego or lack of commitment.
According to Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of The Table Group, who has worked with many organizations to provide training in the area of executive team development and organizational health, there are five dysfunctions of a team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results. However, it is important to also think of these five areas from a strengthen based approach; they must trust each other, they engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas, they commit to decisions and plans of action, they hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans and they focus on the achievement of collective results. Since each of these behaviors are interrelated, it is important to work on them together as oppose to approaching each issue in a silo. Patrick Lencioni has developed guidelines that may assist in you in developing cohesiveness in your organizational team.
Other articles in this series:
- Steps to building a successful team: Part 2
- Steps to building a successful team: Part 3
- Steps to building a successful team: Part 4
- Steps to building a successful team: Part 5