Ever come across the term “there is no I in team”?
Humans are attuned to seek out companionship and camaraderie with other like-minded individuals — forming a social group working towards a similar goal. Whether it be for survival or to work towards a common end-goal, humans work best when they’re in a group à la divide and conquer and all that jazz.
This seemingly inherited behavioural trait does extend to the modern-day workplace.
The Psychology of Effective Teamwork
During the team-building phase, managers and leaders oftentimes put a great deal of effort into assembling the best of the best talents to create a highly functioning team. And they also spend a considerable amount of resources to make sure that their teams can reach their full potential.
However, there’s certainly more to building a team than by lumping skilled individuals together and calling it a day — team factors like individual personalities, work ethics, and most importantly, teamwork will play a role in getting the perfect results as a team.
For a highly effective team, here are some habits you should try to incorporate as a manager/team builder.
In a work environment, trust is oft a precious commodity as you’ll find plenty of individuals out to serve their own narcissistic needs. You certainly won’t find a shortage of people who will not hesitate to throw you under the bus when it comes to securing a promotion. But being in a team means you have to foster trust and teamwork among members of your workgroup, whether you like it or not — with transparency being the keyword here. Have each other’s backs, and the team will shine brighter.
While harmony is what most teams strive for, this scenario is a pipe dream, to say the least. Everyone has their own upbringing, morals, and perspectives that will sometimes clash with another member of the team. The key for an effective team is to then maintain a positive environment by encouraging logical debates and discussions on the individual differences in each of the party’s members.
Great teams keep their eyes on the prize and an excellent team will be one that’s working towards the end-goal early on. Even if each individual team member is working on different parts of a project, an effective team will understand the end-goal and the roles they each have to play to work towards that goal.
While goals are great, they aren’t always a realistic yardstick to measure how effective a team really is. And while results are important, you can’t really ensure success every single time — especially when it comes to complex projects. The takeaway here is that an effective team should always take the time to study their results and learn from them, whether it’s positive or negative.
Culture of Leadership
A team should intuitively have a leader to guide the group to victory but the leadership role is just that, a role. And everyone within an effective team needs to have a leadership trait of sorts at times. More particularly, any single member of the team should be able to step up and be the leader if the situation calls for it as multiple leaders working together for the team will help in maintaining work efficiency.