Team building A Key Responsibilities of Effective Leaders

There is not a single leader who can deny the importance of building effective teams. Team building is one of the key responsibilities of effective leaders. Having said that, depending on the experience and exposure, leaders find different ways and techniques for team building and many times this is related to cultural norms in a specific society. No matter how different the techniques or the philosophy is, leadership like to see the process of team building as the key to organizational success.

Similarly, leaders might have different approaches towards main traits for effective teams. Some might focus on building morale; others might consider creativity and initiative as the crucial! No matter which trait is a priority, it is essential to build an effective team to ensure organizational success, and there is no organization that can afford to ignore this fact.

Generally, the process starts by hiring quality human resource. A number of organizations prefer to induct fresh graduates at the entry level jobs and groom the shining starts as managers. The rubbish is either thrown out
of the lot, or given only support functions. Once hired, leaders keep a close eye on individual behaviors; they watch closely who is keen and who is lean! Who wishes to support and who wishes to watch! Based on this phenomenon, future mangers are filtered out and harbored in a more sophisticated environment with
rewards and acknowledgements.

These basic observations are essential and allow leaders to design their strategy. In my opinion, there are 10
key questions
that every leader needs to keep repeating in the process;

  1. Do I have quality human resource?
  2. Do I need to change my focus and energies at any given time?
  3. Are there any issues with the team at a particular time?
  4. Do I need to add more resources in shape of trainings?
  5. As far as work load is concerned, is my team evenly balanced?
  6. Am I responding to their needs (in other words, am I taking good care of my team)?
  7. Is my team ready to meet the challenges of modern business dynamics?
  8. Am I polishing humans, or preparing robots?
  9. Is there a proper and effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism in place?
  10. Is my team properly rewarded?

A number of leaders consider continuous improvement through trainings and mentoring as a major success factor in team building. This is called The Enterprise Management Model. The model is built around an enterprise-wide continuous learning and improvement strategy. Through this strategy, companies can reap benefits of cohesiveness and integration. This model helps in building teams both in small and larger organizations.

In other words, leadership that is keen in building quality teams need to realize that the team capacity needs to match with the pace of rapidly changing business dynamics.

About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, I have been engaged in Private Sector Development for over 24 years. Love reading, traveling, mentoring. Professionally, I am working as Deputy Country Director at Center for International Private Enterprise (Pakistan Office) - My blogposts cover topics related to Entrepreneurship, Management, Career and Social Media. You can join me at Google+ or Facebook.

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