Updated: Dec 10, 2019

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” | Booker T. Washington

Great leaders know that significant accomplishments require exceptional teams. In business, we often talk about the importance of teams, but we don’t always take the time necessary to truly plan an effective team.

How to Build a World-Class Team:

1. Focus on building the right team before the mission. By getting the right team in place first, people will feel that they are part of the bigger picture and be more committed to its achievement.

2. Build a superior branded company so that the best people come to you, rather than you going to find them. This saves time and money, and they tend to bring their top colleagues with them.

3. Build a team with the right people and skillsets that complement one another, and are necessary to achieve the task. Avoid hiring people who are like you or who share your personality traits. Hire for the skills and traits necessary to achieve the mission.

4. Build a team that truly supports and trusts one another, so it’s not a group of individuals, but rather a team with a common purpose. This process takes some time because it requires the formation of the team, a period of time for them to get to know one another, for that knowledge to turn into trust and, ultimately, for that trust to turn into action.

5. Ensure that each person on the team knows his or her role and responsibilities, and also that he or she will be held accountable for the execution of that role. Like a sports team, each person plays a particular role. They are supported by one another, but at the end of the day, each person has a position. As a leader, it is your responsibility to ensure that those roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, articulated, agreed to, measured and appropriately resourced over time.

6. A team needs to be rewarded for its actions. No one will work at a top-level without some incentive, including being appreciated for a job well done, because most of us are focused on doing something important. So your reward should be consistent with the team’s purpose.

By Eamonn Percy

Founder & CEO, The Percy Group

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