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By Duncan Brodie 

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Teams have the potential to achieve more than any one individual could. The majority of leaders and managers in organisations understand this and at the same time fail to utilise anything close to the full potential of teams.

So what can leaders and managers in organisations do to improve team working?

Give The Team A Clear Purpose

It is going to be a whole lot easier for a team to deliver if they have clarity about the results they are to achieve. This is one of those areas that sounds simple in theory but is tough in practice. Remember to be as specific as you possibly can.

Get The Right Mix Of Skills

In most large organisations you will have a wide range of skills. We all know that different people bring different skills to the business. Some are creative, others play devil’s advocate and others bring people together. Your challenge as a leader or manager is to find the right mix to get the result you want.

Give Them Autonomy

There is little point in setting up teams to deliver if you want to direct everything that happens. All this does is frustrate, discourage and get in the way of success.

Encourage People To Try

It is really easy and incredibly tempting to stay in the comfort zone, especially when things are going along well. In reality people tend to stay in the comfort zone because leaders and mangers don’t support and encourage them to try new ways.

Involve Them

Don’t just pay lip service to what is being suggested. Really pay attention to others’ views and involve them in big decisions.

Tackle The Dominant Individuals

There are always going to be people who want to be centre-stage in teams. Sometimes this can be positive. On the other hand if they do this at the expense of others you need to tackle this issue.

Create The Right Culture

Ultimately you want to create the type of culture where collaborating is valued more than competition.

Show You Are A Team Player

Actions really do speak louder than words. If you want others to be team players, make sure that you are a team player.

Accept Things Will Go Wrong

Nothing always runs smoothly in organisations, or in life, all of the time. Accept that things will not always turn out as you hoped and get used to learning from these situations.

Don’t Tolerate Toxic Behaviours

Some people seem to have a knack of being highly negative either actively or passively. Take the lead and show that this will not be tolerated.[adToAppearHere]

The Bottom Line: Leading and managing a team is always going to present some big challenges and often it is small changes that can create very different results.

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Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements works with accountants, health professionals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. With 25 years business experience in a range of sectors, he understands first hand the real challenges of managing and leading in the demanding business world.[adToAppearHere]

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