Building Teams


As leaders, we may have the opportunity to build a new team from the ground up, to grow a team that already exists, or to fully transform a team that is no longer as effective as it needs to be. A leader’s ability to build a trusting environment – where conflict is encouraged and where team members hold themselves and each other accountable to the commitments that drive outstanding performance – is the key testament to building teams at any phase of team development.

Learning about the phase in which your team currently operates and setting a strategy for the team to develop is an early step. Moving into building greater trust, psychological safety and an ability to effectively work with conflict become key strategies for all teams. Facilitating and having difficult conversations so that teams may pivot to higher performance and leave no conversation missing are the hallmarks of high-performing teams.

We come together in teams to accomplish more than we can do alone, because impactful work is done more collaboratively and with greater diversity. The power of a healthy team is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Building a high-performing team is an organization’s ultimate competitive advantage and shows up on both bottom lines of profit and human fulfilment.

As a leader participating in the Emergent Leader program and working 1:1 with your leadership coach, there’s nothing you and your team can’t achieve!

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.

A friend of mine, the founder of a company that grew to a billion dollars in annual revenue, best expressed the power of teamwork when he once told me, ‘If you could get all
the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.’”

excerpt from “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”; Patrick Lenci

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