Building A Strong Team
Building a strong team is the first thing any good leader does. The reasoning is simple, you can’t do it all yourself.
Assembling your team is easy, you need good people, but more importantly you need good people who share your vision.
We won’t patronise you by telling you how to identify strong team members, but there is more to the art than having a board room full of high achievers.
A strong team is comprised of individuals who are not only capable of excelling on their own, they need to be able to bond and work together.
Be cautious of having too many mavericks, they might be great sellers or be able to think outside the box, but having too many live wires can cause friction in the team. In the same way be careful of employing too many jobsworths. Your team needs to be motivated, to be a think tank, to represent you when you are not around and it needs to evolve. If you have too many ‘yes (wo)men’ then you run the risk of group think/ happy talk, and no one will be able to spot danger coming.
You need to be aware of bullies and those high on the psycho/ sociopath scale. Your team needs to share your vision and those lacking in empathy will find this difficult, plus a climate of bullying and intimidation can only lead to ruin.
We recommend hiring an executive coach to run additional interviews to determine the mindsets of any prospective applicants. Your team should be a mix of creatives, sceptics, team players, introverts, extroverts, and the odd left fielder.
A good team should be able to communicate freely, so either have clearly defined open forums or make sure you don’t have any characters likely to try and control the floor. The last thing you need in any team is continual conflict. Overbearing and over confident types, who try to shut down opposing arguments will only grate and wear the rest of the team down. Not that debate is a bad thing, your team needs to be able to challenge you and each other, but it needs to be able to do it without the fear of ridicule or abuse.
A strong team is also flexible. It can expand and contract when needs arise. It’s a good idea to have your eye on the periphery for potential team members and there should be no shame or stigma attached to changing roles within your team. It’s often a good idea to have regular reshuffles for this exact reason, as people can grow weary of routine and if your team sees change as a positive then it can make it easier for you to remove any weak links.
Ultimately a good team, works well together, makes good decisions and can be your best asset, so take your time assembling your team and get it right.