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It’s a silly saying I hear from time to time: “There’s no I in team.”  

But – if you really dig deeper into the phrase, it’s true! Teamwork doesn’t happen because one person knows how to take charge.  Instead, it’s a collective effort put forth by everyone involved.  Sure, it can take some trial and error to create a successful team, but in today’s business landscape, it’s a necessary component of an effective organization.

As a leader, no matter what industry you work in, it is your responsibility to guide your employees toward better performance.  Afterall, your team is the ones who make the company come alive on a daily basis.  And – more than likely, if your employees are successful, so are you.

There are many ways to go about accomplishing team-building in your workplace.

I think it begins with identifying the skill sets and personality types of your employees.  Naturally, some employees will have stronger skill sets in certain areas than others.  It is your job to determine their strengths, as well as their weaknesses, and then delegate tasks accordingly.  

There’s another important question you must ask yourself when creating your team and that is: what type of employee will be most effective in serving, building professional relationships with and even selling to your customers? 

For example, if you are in the business of selling smartphones, everyone who you hire to represent your business is a public representative of your brand.  Naturally, you aren’t going to choose someone who lacks customer service skills.  Your team is an embodiment of your brand, so choose wisely.  It is so important to determine who has the right personality to serve as a representative of your company.  

Once you’ve built your team, you have to work to keep them.

You probably know from experience that the more you’re appreciated, the harder you work.  Your team needs to feel pride in what they do, and they want to have a sense of job satisfaction.  You need to provide that.  Not everyone is going to love what they do each and every day, but if the majority of those days are positive, then you’ve done your job as a team leader.

Most importantly, employees need to feel valued.  Beyond a paycheck, they want to feel like they are contributing in making a difference. It’s nice to hear, “thank you” from time to time, or, “good job!”  Keep criticism constructive.  

If you can build a team with talented, motivated people, in the long run you’ll be creating a loyal workforce that maintains longevity.