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Leaders need to put extra efforts to convert individuals into a performing team.

Turning Individuals into Team Players:
It starts with the selection of right type of people, training them and linking the performance with
proper reward system.
o When teams operate effectively, they can solve more problems, make better decisions and be
more creative.
o “Team are unique; dynamic, complex and ever changing.” - Ken Blanchard, author of “the one
minute manager”.

Leadership success requires: An understanding of group behavior. The ability to tap the constructive
power of teams

Team Building
o Get the right people.
o Determine the Challenge.
o Prepare the Team Leader.
o Train.
o Add value.
o See the Big picture.

Build and Support the Team
o Leadership Skills
o Team Building Strategies
o Team Logistics

Team Building:-The Team Leader’s Responsibility
A good team leader
o Fosters communication among team members
o Seeks to build bonds among team members (work together, meet together, get to know
each other)
o Creates positive environment for collective problem solving and support; creates
atmosphere in which differing opinions are valued but in which clear decisions can be
o Is alert to cliques, bickering, etc. and acts to address them; maintains atmosphere in which
sexual, racial, ethnic, national or other harassment is not acceptable
o Monitors individual staff members for signs of stress and provides basic support
o Models good individual stress management practices
o Seeks to base expatriate/staff interactions on mutual respect, transparency, and partnership

Team Building:-The Organizational Responsibility
o The Organization identifies team-building skills as an essential qualification for prospective
o The Organization trains staff and managers in team work skills (e.g., conflict management)
o The Organization helps build team cohesion (e.g., through common experiences such as
safety and security training)
o The Organization regularly reviews team functioning and has policies for addressing the
problems of dysfunctional teams and of staff members who have difficulty functioning in
their team Strategies for Team Building
o Establish common goals
o Understand each others role in the Team
o Find occasions to celebrate
o Recognise effort
o Improve communication

Factors Affecting Teams
o Work Design
o Team Composition
o Context
o Process
Let’s discuss individual factor

Work Design:
Work design play important role in the performance of a team. Kind of autonomy, task itself and the
feedback system in organization related to the work design are essential ingredient of work design.

Team Composition
Selection of right team members is the starting point for the success of any team. Type of team member
personalities matching with the type of task they are going to perform, clear role identification, size of
team and role and flexibility with in the working relationship of the team members are the essential
components of team composition that play important role in the effectiveness of a team. Similarly other
factor like context and process affects the performance a team.
Performance evaluation and rewards

Common purpose
Specific goals
Team worth
Conflict management
Avoid social loafing

Building the Team
o Get them together
o Keep them informed – vacuums tend to fill with negativity
o Keep them involved – the working groups – make it their project too
o Ensure everyone sees themselves, understands their role in the “new world”
o Don’t focus on differences, focus on similarities
o Add value to individuals and you multiply team effectiveness.
o Impart Spiritual life on a daily basis.
o Value added to cohesion stimulates synergism.
o Remove Ineffective Members
o Define Purpose
o Define Time Line
o Have regular review against goals
o Begin with smaller assignments and test at higher levels
o A Weak Link can destroy your team.
o Stronger members identify the link.
o Stronger members have to help.
o Stronger members begin to resent.
o Stronger members become less effective.
o Stronger members begin to question the leader’s ability.
o Facts you must accept.
o Not everyone will take the journey.
o Not everyone can take the journey.
o Will not work on personal weaknesses.
o Will not work with the rest of the team.
o Can not fulfill the expectations of their area.
o As a Leader you are a catalyst within the team to move it …
o Increase the value of every member.
o Increase individual commitment to shared values.
o Remind them of the Big Picture.
o Uplift other team members.

Leadership success requires:
An understanding of group behavior. The ability to tap the constructive power of teams. “Team are
unique; dynamic, complex and ever changing.” - Ken Blanchard, author of “the one minute manager”.

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