Building a team is one of the most absolute ways to ensure that the organization reaches its potential, and the most finite way to develop trainable talent into formidable components of the working system. This type of foundation comes from the personal foundations that are instilled into the leader’s attitude towards the team, and how aware they are in affecting the direct outcome of their member’s future. A fundamentally sound leader will understand these aspects, and look for the strengths of the individuals to enhance the overall comprehension of the team.
There are 5 traits to remember when building an organization –
Eliminate Boundaries, Put Values First, Cultivate Leaders, Create a Learning Culture, and T.R.U.E. – Trust, Respect, Understanding, and Enjoy.
1) Eliminate Boundaries – A cohesive team does not create boundaries within themselves, for they are one solid functioning unit that acts as one. They work collectively, and individually towards one common goal. When new recruits are brought onto the team there is an understanding that the more experienced veterans are responsible to bring them up to speed, and responsible to train them to reach beyond their potential. A developed leader will assume this responsibility without acknowledgement and bestow this attitude for others to see. This is easily practiced by offering to work outside of one’s own comfort zone, and work to create an even workload for all individuals. This helps eliminate animosity, and it helps ensure even development across the entire organization.
2) Put Values First – Nothing comes ahead of the goals of the organization and the team. Let the goals be known to everyone in the field, and ensure that everyone is on the same page with the plan. A leader is responsible for creating a culture in the organization, and sharing the values of the company allows the individuals to become part of the process by embodying the goals of the organization. As the pieces of the organization become more integral working parts the main points of this statement are substantiated by repetition, and chronic practice. This ideal can be used for individuals and teams, for what is it that drives you to work harder each day? Reach your goals, achieve your objectives, and never give up in the relentless pursuit of success.
3) Cultivate Leaders – Leaders are not born. They are made, and molded from great coaches. If someone on your team is not working within the right frame work, and you have not made the right assessment of their capabilities; it cannot be their fault in their work. The fault must fall upon the inability of the leader to cultivate talent, and assess the strengths and weaknesses within the team. It is the responsibility of the leader to recognize talent, and to work that talent into a formidable part of the organization. If the leader cannot develop supporting talent than that leader will ultimately fall apart when issues are too vast for that individual to handle. This is done through testing, evaluation, and re-testing and re-evaluation of the execution process. A leader cannot accept mistakes, and must never settle for failure. These types of issue destroy motivation, and abruptly end motivation.
4) Create a Learning Culture – Schooling ends at a point, and the learning process begins upon the moment an individual wakes up…and it never ends. A learning culture is important for the entire team, because each individual must understand that every day is an opportunity to learn more than the day before. Opportunities to enhance one’s skill(s) come in every shape and size, and the leader must be able to coach in every situation. A positive outcome is just as important as a negative outcome, for each scenario is a learning experience for the entire team. The fundamentally sound leader understands that a good teammate is highly coachable, and humble in all aspects of their work. They show no discouragement in the face of adversity, for they understand that learning is as much of the process as wins and losses. The best leaders understand that the ones who make the most mistakes in the beginning are often the best in the long-run, for as long as they hold themselves to higher standards they are attentive to every detail in their desire for successful achievement. There are no participation trophies in real life, for the only ones that receive acknowledgement in the working world are the best in the business. A learning culture is one of the most important aspects to a team’s success.
5) T.R.U.E. – Trust, Respect, Understanding, and Enjoyment – Trust yourself, and trust the man/woman next to you, and build respect for one another. This helps develop chemistry between the members of the team, for their is a mutual level of understanding of each person’s ability. Each person understands their role, and what they bring to the team, yet there are no quarrels between one another for there is little to no worry of what the person is or is not accomplishing. Actions such as this come from the complete understanding that the task will be completed in a timely fashion, and in accordance with how the superiors wish to view the material. Leadership understands that this comes from trials, tribulations, and timely experience. Lastly, enjoy yourself and the people around within the team. Enjoyment is fun, and the more fun a team has the more likely success will be imminent. No one wants to think of work as job, yet working stability is an essential factor in one’s needs. Making the environment a fun atmosphere will decrease the actuality of work, and transcend one’s notions of the job into an enjoyable retreat from a mundane reiteration of reality.
Full acknowledgement of these principles eliminating boundaries, putting values first, cultivating leaders, creating a learning culture, and the acronym T.R.U.E. are all part of the process into building an organization. These aspects help harness talent, and steer it into its potential as a leader helps guide it on the path to success. The major elements of this are to Build Trust, Build Chemistry, and to Build an Organization. The only way to trust them is to trust yourself as an individual, and to trust everything around you within the organization. Trust stems from accomplishment, and accomplishment stems from a sound understanding of what is necessary to reach the next step. Opportunity is there, and it is yours for the taking.