Work With Others Toward Shared Goals

Masked colleagues working together toward shared goals.

Now that your team is working remotely, are you having a hard time keeping them together due to the new normal caused by the pandemic? Is it affecting their productivity both as a team and individually? Maybe it’s time for you to step up and strengthen your A-game as a leader by working on one of the most important factors in an organisation’s success: Teamwork.

You might be wondering how you can do that whilst being away from your team. Well, that’s quite simple. Through online applications, we can use these resources to our advantage by getting close to our team without having to be physically together.

But first, what are the things you should build to have strong teamwork?

Respect

Harmony will follow if respect is present. This isn’t just about the respect that you should get as a leader but the respect that each individual in your team should receive. It’s important that everyone respects their fellow team members and is respected back so that the sincerity to help out is there without thinking that it’s a competition all the time.

Openness and Communication

Being open means letting your team know what’s going on and letting them have a say in the decisions you make as a leader. It’s about making them feel important and letting them know by acknowledging their suggestions and being open to their ideas. They will truly feel that they belong in a team and that they are of significant value to it.

Drive towards a common goal

Every person has a goal of their own. A challenge for you as a leader is to incorporate their individual goals into a common goal as a team. By emphasising and continuously driving towards a common goal, they will feel that they are working together as a team, and that everything they do individually will affect the team as a whole.

 To help you achieve your organisational goals with your team, here are some tips that you can follow: 

  • Seek out opportunities to work with others; take a genuine interest in learning more about their work and how you can support them
  • Keep other team members informed of your work, timelines and priorities
  • Share equipment, materials, funds and resources with other team members
  • Publicly credit other team members who have done well
  • Solicit others’ points of view, particularly quiet team members
  • Avoid taking control of the agenda or being the first to make suggestions;             be aware of dominating team meetings
  • Bring conflict out into the open and encourage all to resolve it
  • Treat co-workers with courtesy and respect; demonstrate trust in fellow team members.

Andrew Carnegie said it best:

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

You can reach great heights alone, what more with a team?

At People Builders we have a team of expert trainers and coaches who can help you and your team in strengthening Teamwork. Contact us today for a quick chat to see how we can partner with you to train and coach you and your team.