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Xenonex – developing great leaders to build great teams

It takes great leadership to build great teams. Team building requires a leader with a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others.  

Here are six ways successful teams are built to last according to US Author and motivational speaker Glenn Llopis.

1.       Be Aware of How You Work

As the leader of the team, you must be aware of your leadership style and techniques.   Are they as effective as you think?  How well are they accepted by the team you are attempting to lead?  Evaluate yourself and be critical about where you can improve, especially in areas that will benefit those whom you are a leading.

2.       Get to Know the Rest of the Team

Make the time to get to know your team and encourage camaraderie. This means learning what defines the strengths and capabilities of your team – the real assets that each member brings to the table, those they leave behind and those yet to be developed.

3.       Clearly Define Roles & Responsibilities

Often people’s ideal roles lie outside their job descriptions. Each of your team member’s responsibilities must be interconnected and dependent upon one another. This is why you must have a keen eye for talent that can evaluate people not only on their ability to play a particular role – but on whether they fit the workplace culture and will be a team player.

4.         Be Proactive with Feedback

Feedback is the key to ensuring any team is staying on track, but more importantly that it is improving each day. Feedback should be proactive and constant. It can be both formal and informalTake the time to remind someone of how and what they could be doing better. Learn from them. Don’t complicate the process of constructive feedback. Feedback is two-way communication.

5.       Acknowledge and Reward
With proactive feedback comes acknowledgement and reward.  People love recognition, but are most appreciative of respect.  Give your teammates the proper accolades they have earned and deserve.  At a time when people want to feel as if they are making a difference, be a thoughtful leader and reassure your team that you are paying attention to their efforts.  Being genuine in your recognition and respect goes a long way towards building loyalty and trust.  

6.       Celebrate Success
At a time when uncertainty is being dealt with each day, you must take the time to celebrate success.  In today’s fast-paced workplace, people do not take enough time to understand why they were successful and how their success reverberated and positively impacted those around them.   

Leaders are only as successful as their teams and the great ones know that with the right team dynamics, decisions and diverse personalities, everyone wins.

Let Xenonex help the leaders in your business develop the skills they need to build long-lasting effective teams. We deliver innovative and bespoke client-centred solutions in Leadership Development and training across the UK. We work to maximise and transform the way people work.

To find out more contact Jo Watson, Business Development Manager on 01423 876371 or email jo.watson@xenonex.co.uk


Suzanna Prout