Despite our predisposition toward conflict, humans are uniquely gifted when it comes to cooperation. Looking back on history, the vast majority of accomplishments have been achieved by groups of people, not individuals. Consequently, building a strong team is essential for success. Whether a business or personal endeavor, teamwork can make insurmountable tasks possible. Building a strong team, therefore, begins with recognizing what needs accomplished and what team members are capable of doing what.
When putting together a team, it is best to find individuals who first and foremost have personal attributes that compliment each other. Not only does this guarantee cooperation, it also helps avoid conflict. Where one individual is lacking, the others can compensate and this will help build a team committed to each other as well as success. After assembling the team based on its ability to function as a united, committed entity, it is best to then consider the talents of each member and what they can do to contribute to the group.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to choose the most ideal team members while there are other times when only certain talents are available to a team. Whether an ideal team or not, however, every team needs to be developed. This starts with a team leader capable of recognizing everybody’s strengths and weaknesses, including his or her own. Where one person is stronger than others, he or she should take the lead, thus a good team leader must also know when to yield to other team members.
Furthermore, a strong team is the result of togetherness and the ability to take advantage of each individual’s strengths. As such, team leaders must identify the most talented individuals, whether him or herself, capable of bringing the team together as a group. At the same time, defining objectivities in terms of what each member can contribute to the overall goals of the team then assigning each member tasks that they can most effectively accomplish in support of the other team members is pivotal.
A strong team is the result of using available resources to achieve what needs to be accomplished. To build a strong team, team members must be able to function as a single entity by drawing on all their strengths. This involves all team members identifying each other’s strengths and weaknesses then breaking down what needs to be done. Moreover, the most important step in developing a strong team is ensuring all the individual efforts of each team member support the end result as well as each other.