Builds Effective Teams

Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals

Look closely at a successful team, and you’ll find at least one effective team builder. Someone gave the team a sense of purpose and identity, assigned roles according to individual strengths, appreciated different perspectives, and recognized team accomplishments.

Even if you don’t formally manage people or lead a project team, you have opportunities to build this competency. Effective team builders aren’t always the leader of the team. You help build an effective team when you convey a team mindset, encourage and recognize coworkers, make sacrifices for the group, communicate honestly but respectfully, ask team members for advice or offer them help.

Builds Effective Teams at LII

Here's what a group of LII leaders had to say about Builds Effective Teams:

Be an intentional team.

Know your mission and what you are trying to accomplish. Create an environment of mutual support. Share challenges, accomplishments and recognition. Celebrate successes and have some fun together.

Be an intentional team.

Know your mission and what you are trying to accomplish. Create an environment of mutual support. Share challenges, accomplishments and recognition. Celebrate successes and have some fun together.

Care about people.

An effective team cares about each other. They want everyone on the team to be successful together. Their individual career goals and satisfaction with their jobs matter. Encourage and help each other.

Care about people.

An effective team cares about each other. They want everyone on the team to be successful together. Their individual career goals and satisfaction with their jobs matter. Encourage and help each other.

Be sensitive to team dynamics.

If you lead the team, you have a greater responsibility to get them to work together to succeed. Address team dynamic issues quickly, before they have time to fester or impact productivity. As a team member, you can be forthcoming about issues and help to resolve them.

Be sensitive to team dynamics.

If you lead the team, you have a greater responsibility to get them to work together to succeed. Address team dynamic issues quickly, before they have time to fester or impact productivity. As a team member, you can be forthcoming about issues and help to resolve them.

Break silos.

A team that doesn’t work effectively with other teams can’t be effective. See yourself as part of a larger team, the LII team.

Break silos.

A team that doesn’t work effectively with other teams can’t be effective. See yourself as part of a larger team, the LII team.

Create a safe environment.

Mistakes happen. Help each other fix mistakes instead of attacking the one who made them. Learn from them and move forward together.

Create a safe environment.

Mistakes happen. Help each other fix mistakes instead of attacking the one who made them. Learn from them and move forward together.

How can I apply Builds Effective Teams at my level?

Builds Effective Teams has slightly different characteristics based on your job level. Click the button for your level.

Contributes to positive morale and a sense of team spirit

Offers to help others complete work to ensure the team's success

Learns and reinforces the team’s common goals and priorities

Shares credit with others for team accomplishments

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Participates in constructive dialogue with the team, ensuring multiple perspectives are considered

Places the team’s priorities above personal objectives

Supports team decisions and promotes team spirit

Involves others appropriately when working on team projects

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Coaches others on how to build effective teams

Communicates clear goals and roles to team members

Ensures that the team has the right mix of skills and leverages the strengths of individual members

Rewards team efforts and accomplishments

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Builds a cohesive leadership team that drives the goals and success of the organization

Creates a culture with systems and processes that enable cross-functional teamwork

Instills a common mindset and team spirit across the organization

Models teamwork by working effectively with other leaders throughout the organization

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