Progressive Intelligence Consulting Group
”The basic building block of good teambuilding is for a leader to promote the feeling that every human being is unique and adds value.” -- Anonymous
Leadership Team Building
Although leadership is often seen as present in an individual, the results of leadership and the success of the organization are not due to the actions of the leader alone. In their book, ”The Leadership Challenge”, the authors, Kouzes and Posner stated that:
”In the thousands of cases we’ve studied, we’ve yet to encounter a single example of extraordinary achievement that’s occurred without the active involvement and support of many people. When talking about their personal bests, people spoke passionately about teamwork and cooperation as the interpersonal route to success, particularly when conditions were extremely challenging and urgent.”
Formal and informal teams all have specific characteristics and requirements:
Whether formal or informal, there is/are specific reason(s) for the formation of the team. Before the team can produce results, the scope, mission and authority of the team must be defined.
Team participants are critical to efficient functioning and the ability to produce results. Organizations should appoint team members from affected units within the organization and give both information and decision authority.
Members of the team should have problem solving and conflict management skills, to best use differing points of view (inevitable for any team) to stimulate information exchange, learning, and decision-making.
Team members must understand the existent of tangible and intangible rewards for their teamwork. Achieving team goals as well as individual, team member performance should be rewarded.
Some teams will have no formal, appointed leader and other teams will have a formal designated leader. On some teams, leaders may emerge depending on the issues confronted. Additionally, leadership may rotate between several individuals.
A good leader facilitates this. In leadership team building, a good leader motivates his people to achieve greatness. Someone once said:
"A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves."
Team Building Ideas & Team Building Techniques
Establishing, facilitating, and leading team building activities and exercises help build teams, motivate employees, improve communications. Team building techniques, exercises, activities and quizzes also are good “ice-breakers” for corporate meetings, to improve training, and even to liven-up conferences.
There are many sources of team building ideas and team building techniques. The reason for the team building exercise and the objectives of the exercise should guide the selection of the team building activities and the setting of the team building event.
Corporate Team Building
Corporate team building events and activities “promote” broader, enterprise-wide team building and employee motivation. As an example, team building techniques and team building activities are useful in project meetings, to help team members see things differently, use different thinking styles, and promote “outside-the-box” problem solving.