Leadership and Team Building

Team Building Introduction

”Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to pursue an objective held by the leader or shared by the leader and his or her followers.” –John W. Garner

Leadership and team building go hand and hand. Studies have shown that leaders who aren’t able to build and lead effective teams will see their careers stall. Team building benefits everyone in the workplace when they are operating at their fullest capacities and working together.

Building a successful team requires support and development. If a team is given sufficient attention and direction, there is great potential not only for accomplishing their task, but also for individual and team learning opportunities.

One of the big challenges for leadership is maintaining a balance of “directive” and “delegative” style among the leader and the team members. Since no two teams are a like it is important to know when to set clear boundaries and expectations and when to let the team run with the ball on their own.

The leader of a team has many roles relating to team building. They must establish trust, balance their authority (ultimately they are responsible for the teams’ success), monitor performance, problem solve, conflict resolution, and maintain team spirit.

Benefits of Team Building

Benefits of Team Building – Team building provides employees the opportunity to learn from one another, cross train, increase productivity, enhance job satisfaction, stimulate performance and attendance and improve communication. Read more…

How to Build a Team

How to Build a Team – Building a team can be challenging. It is important to select the right people for the job and the more difficult the problem the more diverse the team should be. Everyone brings something unique to the table and it is this diversity that makes a team strong. Read more…

Building Effective Teams

Building Effective Teams – Effective teams are like gold. They work well together, listen to one another, provide positive constructive feedback, share leadership and have an informal, comfortable environment. Read more…