5 ways Conscious Leaders can connect to their team to boost performanceAug 01, 2023
"If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected." — Brene Brown, Dare to Lead
An amazing product or service can only take your business so far. To take your company or organisation to the next level, you need to build a team you can trust. Unsurprisingly, to do this, you need to build a team that trusts you. By maintaining a concerted effort to develop strong team building practices, you can elevate your team’s performance and drive scalable results.
Team building is a way to create a culture that you and your peers can be proud of. By cultivating a culture built on trust, respect, and vulnerability, you can mitigate risk of turnover while also increasing team motivation, productivity, and connection.
In this article, I will share a few of the foundational techniques I encourage you to use in order to build a successful team in addition to specific examples of implementation.
Team Building Techniques
1. Communicate goals clearly
Establishing succinct and clearly defined goals is important for team members to understand what they are working toward. While broad and general goals serve an important purpose, it’s just as important to establish a roadmap with smaller goals that ladder up to the measurable ones. Creating well-defined goals will also make it much easier for your team to remain productive and determine success of a campaign or project.
- Create a team landing page, document, or file with specific team, team member and company goals
- Check-in with your team regularly to see how they are progressing toward their individual and team goals
- Ensure that any changes to goals are clearly communicated from the top down
2. Create an open dialogue
It’s extremely important to create a culture where team members feel that their feedback is heard and valued. Good leaders consider that everyone’s comfortability level is different when it comes to voicing their opinion and make an effort to create an environment that welcomes vulnerability. Make a serious effort to let your team know that you are there to guide them and hear their concerns, if needed.
- Conduct team surveys to gather feedback on processes, performance and culture (optional anonymity)
- Implement regular manager, self, and peer reviews for team members to get a 360 degree view of their performance, while also getting the chance to voice themselves
- Give your team regular Q&A sessions with leadership and upper-level management to address concerns, gain clarity on goals, and provide feedback
3. Make time for personal connection
In a society that is increasingly virtual, it can be difficult for teams to connect on a personal level in the workplace. Creating space for activities that do not revolve around work-related topics, allows your team to connect more deeply and create stronger bonds. These chances for connection build trust and confidence within the team dynamic and can also alleviate stress.
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