"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
– Michael Jordan
Team building is both an art and a science, and the leader can consistently build high-performing teams. It requires a strong understanding of people, their strengths, and what drives them to work hard and with others.
It takes outstanding leadership to build a great team. Leaders must be willing to have a courageous conversation, make challenging decisions, and set expectations for each individual on the team. Team building begins at the top, so if your leaders are not willing to change, grow and take risks, then how do you expect your team to build each other up.
Building solid and long-lasting teams require the ability to master the "art of understanding people" and how each person will bring value to your team. Leaders must identify the strengths of each team member, the way they think, and whom they work well with to delegate their position on the team.
Leaders must be able to identify their style and techniques of leadership to help them grow along with the team. As a leader, you must be your boss, be flexible, and know-how to communicate effectively. Leaders must be able to activate the talent behind the team.
Team Building is like a chess game; you must know the value and placement of each piece and how critical each move is as it can make or break your team's strength.
Tips to Mastering Team Building:
• Know yourself as a leader
• Understand people
• Identify Strengths and Weakness of team members
• Master the art of having Courageous Conversations
• Know when and how to acknowledge your team members
• Know how to reward the team for their part in the success
• Never forget to say "thank you."
• Always show appreciation
Remember a team is only as strong as the foundation it’s built on.