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Effective Team Building Strategies

Consider the following scenario:
Tim has been asked to be part of a working group to make recommendations on improving company morale. No formal leader is assigned to the team. None of the team members have worked together before. The team has no specific goals beyond their broad objective. Tim wonders if he should take a leadership role and considers how he can help the team accomplish something of value.

Does the above scenario seem familiar? The importance of teamwork is widely recognized. In fact, 91% of respondents to a Center for Creative Leadership survey recognized teams as a key component of organizational success (Martin & Bal, 2007). As a result of this recognized connection, businesses increasingly rely on teams to complete important tasks. Yet many organizations do not know how to form and foster effective teams. Like Tim in the above scenario, you may be unexpectedly called upon to take a role in leading a work team. Whether or not you are in a formal leadership position, as a professional in today's global business environment, you must be prepared to spontaneously assume leadership roles. You must know the keys to facilitating effective teamwork.

Identify three important factors for developing and leading an effective team. Also, explain how the environment in which the team exists affects the factors that take priority (e.g., three factors important for leading a collocated team may not be as important for a virtual team).

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In order to facilitate effective teamwork, the leader needs to pursue several strategies or tactics. First of all, it is extremely important for the leader to ensure effective two way communication among team members. Effective communication ensures sharing of information, knowledge and ideas as well as helps in avoiding confusion and chaos. Team members need to build strong trust and bonding with each other and develop respect for each other's culture, skills and knowledge. Effective communication is facilitated via strong trust and bonding among the team members. Leaders should ensure that such bonding and trust is intact among team members.

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