Great leaders are facilitators of high-quality communication that drives dynamic cooperation within teams. A strong culture of trust and respect encourages employee to share their input without fear of politics or sparking unproductive problem. Teams that slow down and take the time to truly listen set the stage to encourage several viewpoints, a diversity of perspectives and creative thinking.
The effectiveness of creating innovations increases significantly when leaders move their teams through three essential techniques:
Clarity of Vision & Objective –
It is essential to visualize the end result. Where is the group going? What is the ideal result? How will you know if you are successful? These essential questions may appear when leading a team through the process of innovation, yet in many situations, team members are too fast to jump into action without clarity. Leaders ensure that the team has taken advantage of all information sources and questioned assumptions that may limit team building.
Great leaders create a strong structure by tapping into storytelling and imagery to ensure team members are on the exact same page looking at the same picture. Developing clarity of purpose engages the interest and brilliances of team members and sets the stage for brainstorming.
It’s a fact that every company needs to embrace innovation at some level to stay on par with competition in today’s fast-paced workplace. Employee that is most talented at idea generation see opportunities everywhere. Others on the team are better equipped with sifting through ideas and identifying those that have a foundation to build on. While, others play the role of devil’s supporter asking the ‘what if?’ questions. Balancing communications through this process leads teams to advance those ideas which best serve the company.
What value does each of the team members add to the process of brainstorming? Leaders with an understanding of exactly how to leverage team members’ strengths identify the importance of each person’s role in the process of brainstorming.
Action & Accountability–
Many ideas die on the vine when there isn’t a clear plan of action driving teams towards the desired result. Tactical steps need to be identified and individuals must be responsible to manage the process and move the innovation forward. This is the team playbook. Each and every employee on the team has a role to keep the ball in play.
Accountability plays a big role in accomplishing the results in team building. What happens when a team member in the group is not carrying their weight? How does your team hold each other responsible? Great leaders create an environment that assists: ‘ask for help’ and ‘offer to help’. Moving forward in a dynamic workplace with inevitable changes need team members to communicate, collaborate and connect in real-time.
Team Building in Action
Implementing these strategies ensure to drive innovation and increase team engagement. As a leader, recognize the team’s achievement and celebrate successes along the way. Collaboration should be fun and energizing – and it should keep the team motivated.