There is no escaping the fact that the modern workplace operates as a team of people working together to achieve a common goal, namely the success of their organisation. Therefore, putting together a successful team is one of the most important tasks for any leader.

However, team dynamics can be complex and can result in unpredictable outcomes even in the face of the best intentions. Understanding the challenges that go hand in hand with team building in the workplace and learning how to best manage your team dynamics can create a significant difference to the success of the team.

 

Team Building Challenges

A workplace team is unavoidably comprised of people from different backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Managing such a diverse group of people requires a combination of understanding what motivates the individuals within your team and strong leadership skills.

So, the greatest challenge in building a successful team, one with low conflict and high productivity levels, lies in creating cohesiveness and trust. But this doesn’t happen by accident. Your team needs to be carefully selected and each role clearly defined. Members need to be assured of open communication channels and well-developed team processes so that everyone feels free to contribute ideas, receive honest feedback and feel supported within the team framework.

 

What Makes a Successful Team?

The simple answer is a team who has a variety of traits which complement each other. Strong leaders understand how to assemble winning teams. They know how to acquire the best from their employees.

There are four key qualities of individuals, identified by Caliper which contribute to a purpose-driven team for long-lasting success:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility to consider other points of view
  • Strong interpersonal relationships
  • Willingness to contribute

Failure to select team members with the right qualities and mindset can be just as detrimental to success as confusing goals and uncertain boundaries. Both can quickly lead to unresolved conflict and a culture of negativity between members.

But team building is not a set and forget process. Choosing your team is simply the first step in an ongoing relationship. A successful team still needs guidance and continuous evaluation. Providing input and encouragement acts like a self-fulfilling prophecy – you earn your team’s trust and respect, and in turn, they repay you by striving to exceed your expectations.

Caliper has invested a lot of time in researching the best means for hiring the right employees in the right roles and then putting them to work in the most effective way to optimise organisational success. Using an assessment tool such as our Caliper Profile to inform your hiring decisions is the best way that you can lay the groundwork for your teams and maintain your organisation’s culture.

To find out more about how we can help you grow your best team, contact us at info@caliper.com.au