Behind every great leader is a great team. It’s no different with successful businesses – if you want to be successful, you need a team around you, supporting the needs of your business. But how do you build a great team around you, if you don’t already have one?
On the surface, it may look as if you simply need to pick who you want on that team and get going – but there’s more to it than that! Here are some of the things you need to consider if you want to build a great team around you.
Be a team leader
You want your team members to trust you and value your judgement and guidance. This can only happen if you step into the leadership role. Be the person who steers the team in the direction you want them to go.
Establish clear goals, effective and consistent communication, learn how to effectively delegate, and show that you trust your team to do the job you want them to do. Ensure they know you encourage feedback and questions, so they can see that you want them to do the best they can and are willing to foster honesty and transparency in your team.
Understand the importance of culture and values
If you want to build a great team, know the value each team member can bring. Take the time to build better relationships with all of your team members, so you can establish their strengths and help them build on them. Instil a list of values you’d like over time, to become part of the team’s culture. This helps them have something to work collectively towards and will become a guide for their actions and decisions as individuals and as part of the team.
These culture values can be as simple as ‘We always strive to do what’s best for the customer’, or ‘Every big dream starts with a small step’ and even ‘We make customers smile with every interaction.’ They become the guiding principles on how they work individually and together, to stay focused and to benefit the team and business as a whole.
Encourage your team members to have an open and honest communication policy in place. Show that you can step in and handle conflicts by acting as the mediator, so both sides can freely vocalise their issues and frustrations, but that they are free to communicate their needs and frustrations too. Communicate with your team regularly, ask them how they’re getting on and offer assistance if needed. Focus on building a team that trusts and cares for each other, so they can become more aware of the needs other team members may have.
How to communicate with a distributed team
Communication is the key to your team success. You need a level of transparency, but you also need to ensure you’re including everyone. Yes, there will be times when the information isn’t relevant to every team member, but sharing it is important. Not only will it help everyone to feel included, but it also cuts down on issues caused by miscommunication between team members. Establish a method of communication that works for everyone – such as Zoom calls or messaging via the Slack app – and ensure everyone understands how it works.
If you want to build a great team, celebrate the successes!
This helps to highlight the good things that happen when your team works together. It’s also an opportunity for your team to bond and interact with each other. When you share praise and wins with your team, it helps each person feel visible and valued, especially when you highlight how each team member played a crucial role in that overall success.
If you want to be successful, you need to build a great team around you. The above tips will help you consider what’s needed to make that happen. And if you’re looking to add a Virtual Executive Assistant or PA to your team, why not reach out and let’s talk! We can have an initial discussion to both clarify your needs and see if we’re a good fit for your needs. Simply get in touch or request a callback – you’ll find our contact information here.