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How to Prevent Poor Team Development

Aug 5, 2008
Building successful teams is critical to the success of your organization. This article will provide you with information that can help you learn how to choose an effective team leader and provide them with team leaders that will work well together and achieve the desired results. Whether you're an owner, an executive or a manager, the following information will be beneficial to you.

How do you build teams in your workplace? Effective and successful teams are essential to an organization's growth and mastering successful team development is a key to a team leader's success. First, and most importantly, you must determine who, from your organization, would be the best to lead a given team.

The team leader should possess the qualities of a good manager, with a demonstrated ability to connect with team members, as that will be their primary role within the team. The team leader must be able to provide clear direction to the other team members from the beginning to the end of the project.

Choosing a good team leader is essential to the success of the team. Without a good team leader, the team may face challenges like a lack of organizational process, conflict between team members, running behind schedule on projects and/or the inability to brainstorm and be creative as a group. The team leader must also possess the confidence and motivation to keep all members of the team dedicated and engaged in the success and timely completion of the given project.

A team leader must possess important qualities such as strong conceptual ability, and proven skills in leading and working with. Strong analytical skills are also important, but this aspect could be supported by another team member's capabilities. It may be a challenge to identify an individual who displays all these attributes, so it's important to consider how the contributions of other team members might support them.

Once a team leader is chosen or if the leader has already been chosen, the team leader must come up with a team that will deliver maximum results. He or she has to know enough about each team member so that they can be tasked with the responsibilities that best fit his or her unique skills and abilities. Getting the most from every member of the team and effectively guiding the way to the achievement of team goals is the ultimate responsibility of the team leader. By evaluating team balance and the team's strengths and weaknesses, the team leader can use this information as a guide to help the team compensate for deficiencies.

Achieving team goals is accelerated when team leaders have the benefit of employee assessments. Using employee assessments as a team development tool for building stronger, more effective teams helps team leaders and team members form habits of success to carry them forward in their careers. Team members also build the confidence that comes from achieving team objectives.

Thousands of organizations across the world are using team development assessments to promote organizational excellence and superior team development.
About the Author
Jim Sirbasku is co-founder and CEO of Profiles International, a leading provider of human resource management solutions and employment assessments for businesses worldwide. For more information about using assessments to develop strong teams in the workplace , visit our website.
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