Leadership Insight: The Importance of Team Building
“It takes great leadership to build great teams. Whether in the workplace, professional sports, or your local community, team building requires a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others. Team building is both an art and a science and the leader who can consistently build high performance teams is worth their weight in gold.”
Glenn Llopis, Forbes Magazine
As evidenced in the opening quote, building a cohesive team of committed individuals is imperative to an organization’s success. Each individual needs to work effectively and efficiently with their teammates to accomplish objectives and remain competitive. In order to foster this teamwork, team building activities and retreats must become a part of an organization’s standard operating procedure.
What is a Team?
By definition, a team is a group of two or more people who interact with each other and coordinate their work efforts in pursuit of a common goal.
What is Teamwork?
There is a difference between the work of teams and the teamwork. When the people who work for your organization carry out the essential functions of their jobs, they are completing the work of teams. Teamwork is working together in the cooperative and collaborative manner.
What is Team Building?
Team Building is actively engaging in activities that help your workforce come together as a functional team. The primary purpose of team building activities is to develop cohesive work groups made up of individuals who treat each other with respect, understand their roles in the workplace, and pull together for the overall good of the company.
Where Does Team Building Start?
Team Building has to start at the top of the organization. Managers have a responsibility to model the appropriate attitudes to employees, and to provide employees with the training that they need in order to develop from a group of people who happen to work together to a team that can accomplish amazing things on behalf of the company.
What Are the Benefits of Team Building?
- Build Trust
- Trust is a critical component to business, especially when teamwork is required on a daily basis to achieve objectives and grow companies. Mutual trust fostered by team building activities can allow your employees to be more productive and efficient.
- Ease Conflicts
- Team Building activities can play an important role in easing conflicts between co-workers by allowing employees to bond and get to know one another on a personal level.
- Increase Collaboration
- Team Building activities can establish a stronger bond between co-workers when problems arise within shared business projects. This bond can help increase collaboration.
- Encourage Effective Communication
- Through team building activities, employees can learn how to better communicate with one another because they probably will be faced with activities that need to be solved as a group. This type of activity can translate into more productive and efficient daily work.
- Improve Morale
- Offsite team building activities take the stress away from your team by shaking up the monotony of the day-to-day grind. Participating in an event that pushes physical and mental boundaries helps improve the mood of employees and counteract any serious morale issues.