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What Makes Great Teams Successful?

What Makes Great Teams Successful?

Whether you’re trying to build a company or win the World Series, the success of any goal typically comes down to one thing: a solid team who knows how to get things done. And while words like “collaboration” and “synergy” are used ad nauseum in the professional world, the benefits of having a great team in your corner cannot be overestimated.

That’s why, today, we’re going to be looking at three traits that make teams successful:

1) Having a good leader:

One of the most essential parts of a successful team is their leader. While you can have the very best and smartest people assembled in a room, you’ll get nowhere without someone who has a clear vision. More than just boosting morale and making sure team members are fulfilling their tasks, a good leader will also make sure their team knows “why” the task is important and gets them connected to the project.

2) Great communication:

“There’s no ‘I’ in teamwork.” Again, another expression that gets overused but for good reason. Most projects take many people with specialized skills working together. That’s why one of the most important parts of building a great team is a high level of effective communication. As careertrend.com has noted, “Teams that communicate complete projects in a quicker and more efficient amount of time than others. They also are more accurate in their work than others. Effective communication also allows team members to understand their roles and the roles of everyone else on the team.”

For more information on how to get your teams communicating more efficiently, try platforms like Slack and Basecamp. When it comes to working together, these softwares are game-changers.

3) Not scared of risks:

A good team knows what they have to get done but aren’t afraid of taking a few risks along the way. Risk-taking comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from teams promising aggressive deadlines all the way to an intern raising their hand with a new idea in a team meeting. A successful team is one that recognizes the value of these risks, large or small.

Ron Ashkenas points out in his Forbes.com article that even great leaders like Jeff Bezos “encourages an ‘explorer mentality’ rather than a ‘conqueror mentality’ in his teams so that their focus is on forging new paths rather than just doing better than their competitors.”

If you’ve been getting mediocre results from your team, consider learning how to push them to take risks.

Final thoughts

Building a quality team can be tough. Luckily, there is no shortage of literature on the topic of team building and you’ll have plenty of information to get you started. So whether you’re a humble part of the group or leading a fortune 500 company, remember that a great team needs vision, communication, and risk if they are going to build collaborative synergy…or, in other words, succeed.