TEAM BUILDING

No one is perfect in every field of activity in this world. One always needs a team to accomplish various tasks in life. Any task however small it may be requires efforts of a team for its accomplishment. A good leader requires a good team for success in his mission and likewise, a team requires a good leader for leading it. Both are supplementary to each other. Good leaders therefore always build good teams to support them in the achievement of their goals in life.

Building a good team is an art and it requires experience, wisdom, strong will, tolerance, and tact. Same applies in choosing a good leader because ‘A BAD LEADER CAN SPOIL THE EFFORTS, GOOD WORK, AND THE REPUTATION OF A GOOD TEAM AND A BAD TEAM CAN SPOIL THE FUTURE AND THE CARRIER OF A GOOD LEADER’. The history is full of such examples where the situations worsened because of the adverse combination of leaders and their teams. For success in different aspects, activities, and missions of life it is as such very important to build good teams, be it for the running of the affairs of the family, a game, an organization, a party, or a nation. At the same time, it is all the more necessary to follow a good leader for all-round success in life. Following few suggestions are made for building a good team in order to successfully achieve the desired goals and accomplish tasks:-

  • Always choose honest, bold, dedicated, and intelligent people in your team.
  • All the team members should have the same motto, same goal, the same concern, and a deep sense of belonging for the organisation they represent. Any personal interest spoils the team and ultimately the organisation they represent. Personal interests act as a slow poison for the organisations.
  • Full freedom should be provided to the team members to put forth their point of view while discussing the issues within the four walls and their point of view be appreciated and taken well care of. An honest difference of opinion must always be encouraged and appreciated. No member should be dodged or reprimanded during the course of discussions, rather they should be encouraged to express their views fearlessly. Please understand that you as a team leader are not the only wise person in this world, and otherwise also as a team leader, you have the right to agree or disagree with any suggestion put forth by any member and take a final decision. So listen to all with patience. Once you discourage any member from putting forth his point of view he would hesitate to contribute his share of experience and wisdom in the future. Once a common decision is agreed upon all the members should own it. There should not be any bickering by any member outside the four walls of the venue once a final decision is agreed to be implemented, not even in the circumstances where the decision fails to bring the desired results. The success or failure of a decision depends upon many visible and invisible circumstances. Some decisions may not meet the desired results.

    The leader should be honest and bold enough to own all failures and pass on the credit for all successes to his team.

  • A leader should be able to differentiate between a critic and an opponent. While a critic should be appreciated because he keeps you active and alive to the situation and provides his services without any cost to point out your shortcomings as against an opponent who opposes all your action irrespective of any discrimination between a bad and a good decision/action. Opponents should be totally ignored without taking any cognizance.
  • Keep members in your team who are not only loyal to the organisation but also loyal to you and not those who are only loyal to you and not loyal to the organisation. Beware of the sycophants who are loyal to you out of compulsion or with some motive other than the welfare of the institution. They are the ones who would be the first to desert you and hit you once you show signs of weakness or of losing grip on the management of the institution. Such dangerous species should be kept out of any decision making or implementing the process. Such elements need to be identified and kept under strict watch.
  • As a leader behave as head of the family and not as a despot.

When there is Same concern, Same motto, and the Same goal in a team and the leader provides equal opportunity to all, listens to all and appreciates the concern of the team members ; then the success and harmony always knocks at the doors of the organisation they represent.

Author: Kuldeep Kumar Sharma

I am an Ex-banker having 38 years of experience in different fields and capacities in banking and social life. I started the career at a very humble position and ended at a senior position of President of the bank.

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