How to Lead a High-Performance Squad and Encourage Teamwork

Do you know what makes a team great? It isn't the uniforms they wear, the stadium they play in or even the fans who cheer them on. A great team has one ingredient for success that team members do very well – teamwork.

As in sports, in business the ambitious play to win. Whether you’re a leader or member of a team, the path to victory involves collaboration, dedication and determination.

Robert Half offers a playbook to help you identify the people who comprise a successful team, their various roles and the strategies of managing each to optimize their productivity and effectiveness. Comparing team management to running a sports program, Creating & Managing the Dream Team is an entertaining and valuable resource that offers guidance from a head coach perspective. In it, you’ll learn which employee of your team has the qualities of the following types of “players,” and how to manage them: captain, experienced professional, star player, new recruit and even the referee (after all, every team likely has a member who strives to be fair and impartial, and plays by-the-book).

Here are some ways you can create and manage your team of champions:

1. Create a level playing field (establish a positive culture). An encouraging and supportive work environment is important to being productive, delivering results, motivating your top talent and creating job satisfaction.

2. Encourage your employees’ “voices” (embrace diversity). Communication is key – share the company’s vision and strategy and allow your employees to offer their differing ideas and perspectives.

3. Set the rules of the game (define roles and responsibilities). Each member of your team has a role in the game that they must execute effectively. Make sure everyone understands how their activities and actions contribute to overall business productivity and initiatives.

4. Collaborate and establish expectations (set goals). Working with each employee and collectively as a team, set and reinforce objectives for the year. Define important milestones to achieve along the way and make time to celebrate successes when goals are met.

5. Believe in your team (enable trust). It’s important that as the coach, you convey your belief in the team and that your players have that belief in one another. Trust and confidence bonds your employees and builds teamwork.

For more tips on building a productive, high-performance team, check out the Robert Half Creating & Managing the Dream Team guide.

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