Written by Mandy Flint and Elisabet Vinberg Hearn
You can influence teamwork in your team.
Working as a team is something every one of us will have to do at some point in our careers, but all too often there are roadblocks – ranging from lack of communication to clashing personalities. These can all get in the way of the many benefits of teamwork.
When this happens leaders as well as team members need to get things back on track and create an environment and atmosphere where positive results can be achieved.Working as a team is something every one of us will have to do at some point in our careers, but all too often there are roadblocks – ranging from lack of communication to clashing personalities. These can all get in the way of the many benefits of teamwork.
Obstacles to Really Good Teamwork
Why is an effective teamwork strategy so difficult to create and manage? The top reasons for this are some organizations don’t encourage it; personality differences exist; there’s not enough trust between colleagues, some people don’t see the relevance of sharing and just want to focus on their job; negative first impressions have been formed and can’t be overcome; and egos get in the way of people connecting with one another.
A lack of teamwork can result in significant consequences within an organization. When people don’t know or trust each other, it leads to a hesitance or unwillingness to work together, which makes it hard to perform even the simplest of tasks.
We all need to be aware that the sharing of power doesn’t weaken our position but actually strengthens it.
Transparency is quickly becoming the norm in business and the expectations of transparency are growing, Even if you think you have a reasonable level of openness in your organization, you need to strive for more. What can you do right now to help this?
So whether you are the leader of the team or not, you influence each other every day and you can have a big impact on the team you work in. Think about what you could be sharing that would be for the greater good of the team. Imagine what you could all make happen together! Please share your experience of teamwork below.
About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their new book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International.
Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA