This article outlines the importance of a leadership inspired teamwork culture in positioning a company for success. Leadership must be directly engaged in:
- Implementing the company’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives.
- Delivering services to customers.
- Providing for their employees.
- Being a responsible business owner/CEO.
- Monitoring the company bottom-line.
Leadership must also be focused on creating a culture which produces exceptional teamwork, across all departments, divisions, and locations, to accomplish required tasks within these five areas.
No matter what foundations you wish to instill within your company culture, the approach starts at the top! For example, if upper management is not focused on safety, the company will not be focused on safety. If upper management is not focused on innovation, the company will not be focused on innovation. If the CEO does not live, breath, exhibit, and promote a teamwork culture, the company will not develop a teamwork environment.
It is not a complex concept. It is a way of life, a direction, and a consciously set keystone priority. It does not make any difference how you look at it: sport franchises which function as a team produce better results; military units which function as a team accomplish more; and businesses which operate within a teamwork culture are more successful.
Teamwork becomes a part of an organization because leadership holds it as a core value. Leaders must be totally dedicated to making teamwork a part of their company’s culture. They must display a commitment to teamwork in:
- The direction they provide.
- The goals, objectives, and milestones they set.
- The actions they take.
- The principles they expound.
Leadership must understand and appreciate the importance of teamwork to their employees’ productivity, attitude, and approach. They must also focus in on seeking new hires with a proven commitment to teamwork.
Leaders build teamwork centered organizations in order to:
- Improve the bottom-line.
- Increase productivity.
- Enhance innovation.
- Facilitate problem solving.
- Adapt to change and seek silver linings in the process.
- Encourage optimism about the future.
- Inspire greatness.
- Successfully face challenges.
- Stay ahead of the competition.
- Motivate employees.
What are the trademarks of a leader created teamwork environment?
- Positive results and outcomes.
- Buy-in from everyone.
- Working for the common good.
- Working together to solve problems.
- Open, respectful discussions which yield new ideas and solutions.
- Encouragement and mentoring.
- The feeling of excitement or exhilaration from vital accomplishments.
- Selfless motives exhibited by employees, who are focused upon what is best for the organization.
- Working easily across artificial organizational barriers.
- Outstanding working relationships between people and departments.
- Motivated, engaged, committed, and productive employees.
- Winning attitudes and a “can-do” spirit.
- Ability to adapt to change.
- Using setbacks as a rallying point and motivator. (Refuse to lose.)
- Successes are shared company wide.
- Leadership and management accept responsibility for failures.
How does a teamwork centered organization function and succeed?
- Leadership’s commitment to teamwork, fosters an environment where each employee, regardless of their specific contribution to the company, is 110% dedicated to meeting the same goals, objectives, and mission of the company as everyone else.
- Each employee must fully understand that working in concert with every other employee within the company, requires they put aside their personal, professional, or departmental agendas for the greater good of the organization.
- Employees must focus their time, energy, and priorities on contributing to the company’s success and bottom-line, in a coordinated effort.
- If the company requires products, services, or materials from other companies, leadership, management, and employees must also work to promote the same type of teamwork approach with these critical assets to their company’s success.
Bottom-line: Building a successful teamwork environment begins with the leader’s core values, priorities, approach, and dedication. It results in a win-win for the company and the employees.