“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
As a leader, you’re partially responsible for your employee’s ability to work as a cohesive unit. Making sure they have a strong relationship with leadership can be a necessary component in capturing your business’s full potential, but it’s equally, or perhaps even more important that they have a strong relationship with one another. Giving orders and organizing workflow can only go so far; establishing a culture of team building and collaboration can be a prime element of a successful business.
An essential part of team building is communication and understanding. Everyone in your business should not only have a common understanding of your goal as a business, but also the individual goals of each other. Knowing the goals, abilities, and contributions of one another helps better achieve positive collaboration. This should be no different for someone in a leadership position. Inserting yourself more into the lives of your employees can bring about a feeling of a common goal, which allows everyone to better work and focus on their desired outcome.
It can be equally beneficial to take team building very literally, by removing your employees from the typical workplace and focusing on team building exercises. This may come in the form of a company retreat, charity work, or even simply just going outside. Team building that are not centered around the typical workflow provides a new perspective in understanding your employees as human beings rather than just functions of a business. Having this mutual understanding gives a certain ease and comfort when inserting yourself back into typical work life. Being comfortable with your people leads to a stronger sense of trust between one another.
Being able to trust your employees is a key element to success. Having trust built up through team building allows people to more easily admit mistakes, discuss innovations, and work collaboratively. The simple fact is that a trusting, efficient collaboration will always yield better results than a skeptical, isolated work environment. Put in the effort to focus on team building and culture because it will pay off positively.
Kelly D. Scott
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization