wikiHow to Build a Successful Team

A team is only as strong as its weakest link, and for this reason, putting together a team takes time and smart analysis of your business objectives. Understanding the needs of your business will better prepare you for selecting team members, and learning the strengths of potential team members will be the determining factors when the time comes to build a successful team. For these reasons, consider the following when selecting potential team members.


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    Pick team members who are motivated to demonstrate their skills and make a difference. Each individual in the team should have an interest in the overall objective of the team, and be accountable for his or her own performance in relation to the team's performance as a whole.
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    Select a team with diverse knowledge and skills so that as a whole your team is well rounded and prepared to deal with any complications that may reveal themselves.
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    Establish a purpose that unifies your team members and make sure that each person in your team knows what that purpose is. When it comes to successful team building, it is important that all members know what is expected of the team as a whole and how the overall purpose of the team reflects a plan directly related to the company's mission. When members understand the significance of their performance, and when they see that each member is accountable for their personal responsibility, they will be motivated to executing plays that meet that ultimate goal.
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    Determine the roles of each team member and how each role relates to each other and the team as a whole. Members are no longer individuals, but rather, they each play an integral role in the team's overall objective, and each must now rely on the others in order to complete the final goal. In order for a team to be successful, each team member should understand what his personal responsibility is and how important it is in relation to the overall team goal.
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    Mandate that all team members openly commit to the team. Such commitment is a necessary step for successful performance. Without such public commitment to their personal assignments and the overall team objective, the team as a whole would not be effective.
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    Institute a team leader, if not yourself, and makes sure that that person is highly motivated toward team goals, and that he shares your mission for the business. Ensure too that the leader has knowledge and skills above and beyond the other team members.
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    Communicate privately with each team member who is having problems committing to, and ultimately producing for, the team. Ask what obstacles are hindering them from meeting those commitments. As the team member and leader, it is your responsibility to commit yourself in turn to assist those members who are lacking and help remove those hurdles.


  • Team chemistry is always the number one thing; it is easier to teach skills and strategy than boost team chemistry and even if everyone on your team are the best in your league if they don't work together they will fail.
  • Everyone should be capable of following multiple roles, at least as backup.


  • All is well that ends well is the biggest lie; every mistake needs to be seen and used as a teaching opportunity.

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