Strength is in unity and unified teams are the most powerful driving forces of growth. Building a culture which fosters a sense of belonging and common purpose in teams is what motivates them to aim for the stars and get there. Nevertheless, this requires a mindset shift towards team success which depends on the support provided by the leader. Here is how collaboration can become an organizational norm:
1. Provide a clear, shared mission.
Team members will be motivated to collaborate when they are inspired by a common, compelling cause. Their passion will be fuelled by the knowledge that their joint efforts will be instrumental to the mission becoming a reality.
2. Clarify roles and expectations.
Collaborative work environments are better fostered through determining clear, individual and joint responsibilities and communicating them expressly to team members. This avoids interfering into other people’s work and augments the sense of responsibility team members have both individually and collectively.
3. Set attainable team goals.
When teams are provided with clear feasible goals, true value is delivered. If a team knows they are set up to win, their individual and collective drive compounds. However, it is necessary to review goals on a quarterly basis to ensure the team is on the right track, determine whether any changes are required and ultimately celebrate progress.
4. Determine and tap into people’s strengths.
Fully leveraging each team member’s qualities is paramount to success. First, though, the company needs to determine where each person’s strengths lie. An excellent way to do that is to have all team members complete a full personality profile and share the results with everyone present to allow the team to make the right decisions concerning task assignment.
5. Nurture unity.
Unified teams are the most high-performing ones because everyone is included and encouraged to participate in decision-making. To avoid different people working on the same task and eliminate competition, teams should hold daily meetings to discuss their goals and tasks so there is optimal use of time and effort resources.
6. Foster a culture of innovation.
Teams should be allowed to take calculated risks, brainstorm to figure out new ways to overcome challenges, question what they know, ask why and why not. Such teams have a mindset that predisposes them to look at setbacks as conquerable and are more connected to their leader who allows them to enjoy the freedom to be creative.
7. Keep promises.
When a leader receives a request from their team they should always honour it, providing them with what they need to progress. Not only will this ultimately increase the bottom line but it forges stronger relationships and builds trust. When the team knows they can count on their leader’s support, they are likely to work much harder together to deliver results.
8. Encourage socialization
Beyond work-related events, teams should be encouraged to meet socially outside work. When they experience each other in a social context, they can truly get to know each other, communicate more meaningfully find shared interests and common life challenges. This ultimately enables them to work better together.
9. Acknowledge and reward collaborative success stories.
Eliminate any sense of individual achievement with a clear recognition of success stemming from exceptional collaborative work by acknowledging success would not have occurred without their collective efforts. Reward them as a team.