Building a Successful Team

Building a Successful Team

People in every workplace talk about building the team and working as a team but few understand how to create a team which works or how to develop an effective team.

Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than you. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the mission or objectives of your organisation.

In a team orientated environment, you contribute to the overall success of the organisation. You work as a team and as fellow members of the organisation to produce these results. Even though you have a specific job function and you belong to a specific team, you are unified with and work in conjunction with other organisation members to accomplish the overall objectives. The bigger picture drives your actions; your function exists to serve the bigger picture.

You need to differentiate this overall sense of team work from the task of developing an effective intact team that is formed to accomplish a specific goal. People confuse the two team development objectives. This is why team building seminars, meetings, retreats and activities can be deemed to be failures by their participants. Leaders fail to define the team they want to build - developing an overall sense of team work is different from building an effective, focused work team.

In the checklist that follow not all will apply to your circumstances and some will overlap – what we would suggest is that you consider each area carefully and draw out the points which are relevant to your team’s success and then consider these in more depth.

1. Objectives and Expectations


Clear Expectations:

2. Commitment and Context



3. Control and Competence

To achieve your objectives for your team they need to be effective and focused with:



Do the team members believe in each other’s ability to meet the organisation’s objectives?

4. Collaboration and Creative Innovation


Creative Innovation:

5. Consequences and Communication



6. Coordination and Cultural Change


Cultural Change: