A successful team is not just about brilliant people and good ideas. There’s no point in hoping to be successful with a bunch of individuals who don’t have clarity on what they should do, don’t have the independence to do what they should be doing, or don’t have the resources to do the things they should be doing.
Many teams can function better if these three key factors are fixed – role clarity, respect for their independence, individuality, innovation, and resources to succeed.
Role clarity is the first step in building a successful team. Role clarity is about knowing what to do and what is expected.
Clarifying roles involves defining responsibilities, accountability, and authority. It’s important to remember that role clarity has three main aspects: who does what, who owns what, and how decisions are made.
Each member of the team not only needs to understand not only their role but also how it fits with the other people on the team or project.
- What is the role of each person on your team? Who’s going to do what, and why?
- Have you ensured that everyone has clear expectations about what they need to accomplish and how they’ll do it?
- Are there any gaps or overlaps between roles that need to be addressed?
Respect for their independence, individuality, and innovation
Each individual on the team is different, with their strengths, weaknesses, and personal interests. They would do things differently to reach almost similar outcomes. To build a team that works together, you need to respect the differences in your team members and give them independence.
Respect also means being flexible and adaptable, seeing things from another person’s perspective. A successful leader will empower their team member to do their job by listening to their ideas and suggestions, letting them be themselves, and supporting them when they fail and succeed—wilful stepping back under watchful expertise.
- How do you respect your team as professionals and individuals and give them the independence to do what they need to do?
- How are you respecting them for their intelligence and their abilities to complete the task without your micromanaging?
Resources – both tools and skilling being made available to succeed.
Resources are the tools that they need to do their job. These resources include:
- The technology—computers, phones, software, etc.— and tools help them do their work more efficiently or effectively.
- Training programs teach new skills to be more productive at work (and stay relevant in this fast-moving industry).
- Coaching from managers who provide feedback on how to improve performance and achieve goals faster.
- What resources would they need to build efficiency and effect in what they do?
- What can you provide each team member to provide with the skills and resources required to do their job and do it well?
The three Rs to building a successful team role clarity, respect their independence and resources to succeed
In conclusion, we can see that the three Rs to building a successful team are role, respect and resources. This is not just a catchy phrase but a solid framework for how you should think about your team members as individuals.
By understanding their strengths and weaknesses (role), respecting their independence and creativity (respect), and giving them the tools to succeed (resources), you can create an environment where everyone feels like an equal member of the group.
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