Effectively managing your team is actually the first step towards successful team building. If a team is without proper leadership then the opportunities for them to deviate from the right path become ever present. By constantly monitoring your employees without becoming overbearing you can help to keep them on the right track and guide them in the right direction. However, managing a team is about more than just keeping an eye on your employees. You must also be able to listen to and understand their needs and provide resolutions to a wide range of problems that can occur.
Team building can only be successful when everyone on that team is willing and able to work well together. It is never advisable to simply remove a member of your team because of small issues they might have created. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be unwilling to terminate a person’s contract if you feel their presence is detrimental to the team as a whole. This is a step you should particularly look to taking if the person’s presence is a source of resentment for other more productive members. When someone isn’t pulling their weight then this can quickly cause a problem within any business and the appropriate action should be taken to reach a resolution!
Once you have the best people for the job you will have all the ingredients for a great team! This team will now require careful nurturing and strong leadership to excel at the job you need them to do. When it comes to organised team building activities devising ways to encourage communication amongst your employees will be of great benefit. Activities that boost confidence and encourage employees to have a good perception of themselves and their skills are also important. This is where the differing strengths of your team will come in very useful. By identifying the various personalities of your employees you can figure out who will be best suited to lead and who is happier to learn from the expertise of others. However you should make it a priority to find at least one strength of every individual that they can assist others with learning.
Whenever you are engaging in team building one of the most important things you can do is give credit where credit is due. This also extends into accepting the blame yourself when things go wrong. Nothing will make your employees look up to you more then when you are willing to accept responsibility for your mistakes!