Ever feel totally out of your element? Chances are that many of your team members do, which makes success difficult to tackle.
We all often feel like everyone around us has their act together and we don’t. Even your most successful employees likely feel a little phony at times.
As The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman states:
Achieve promotions, or win accolades, and you’ll just have more cause to feel like a fake. Enhance your knowledge, and as you expand the perimeter of what you know, you’ll be exposed to more and more of what you don’t. Impostorism, as Pacific Standard magazine put it recently, “is, for many people, a natural symptom of gaining expertise”. Move up the ranks and if your field’s even vaguely meritocratic, you’ll encounter more talented people to compare yourself negatively against. It never stops.
- 70% of employees feel they are not engaged in their jobs
- 20% said they emotionally “checked out” last year
- 30% of employees say they are involved in important decisions that impact their work and workplace
So, what’s a leader to do!?
To support a successful team, leaders need to connect with employees and encourage them, as well as remind them that they are important assets to the company.
Burkeman suggests that the solution is that higher-ups should talk about their insecurities more. Really, Berkeman is alluding to more transparency and human connections within organizations. Consistently working in isolation does lower morale and affects overall work ethic. In a recent Inc. article about managing change, Will Yakowicz echoes the sentiment of transparency and comradery by suggesting that leaders be up front about pending hardships when announcing a campaign for change.
This kind of clarity and frankness is what makes a successful team bond over trust, conflict reduction and collaboration. After all, 48% of employees said that a loss of trust in their employer led to their resignation.
Team building exercises help form a successful team, too!
Employees that participate in team building exercises are more likely to ask colleagues for feedback, reducing hostility in the work environment. Planned events and team building exercises also highlight your organizations efforts to be a team-centric company. Remember, it costs the equivalent of one-fifth of each employee’s annual salary to replace them, so keep them happy!
What makes your team successful?
The corporate world is experiencing a massive shift. A new generation is entering the workforce, many are retiring, and the formula for leadership is being re-invented. Dictatorships are giving way to collective organizational vision creation. Our titles, age, or departmental role do not define us. Focus is shifting from individual acceleration to purpose-driven teamwork. (more…)
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
How to become an impactful leader: Throughout history many leaders have inspired us to change the world from Gandhi to Alexander the Great. These particular leaders didn’t leave a mark by just hanging out. They led by taking action and inspiring people to follow them.
We learn early in our lives that it’s better to win, and in order to win, we need to be competitive.
“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”- Henry Kissinger In order to lead, sometimes it is necessary to inspire. Leaders invoke the passion and drive into their team in order for hard work to be done. Team bonding quotes have the ability to encourage, but they also allow us to remember the great leaders of the past.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
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