I have worked with many corporate groups to become more effective as teams. I define teamwork as a group of individuals who support one another toward achieving meaningful objectives.
Over the past few years it has become more clear to me that there are three essential behaviors that have to be in place in order to build an effective team. They are to be respectful, honest, and open-minded.
It is extremely important that people be respectful with one another in the way they communicate to them and about them. Without respectful behaviors, no amount of teambuilding will be effective.
Second, it is very important that what people say when they are together is the same as what they say outside of the room. Otherwise, trust breaks down and the foundation for teamwork is broken.
Third, in order for the group to improve it’s very important that people are open to the possibility that someone else might have a better idea than they do and be open to the possibility that they might have a better idea than the others. Be willing to listen to other people’s ideas and be willing to share your own ideas. Through this collaborative approach better ideas can be formed.
The guidelines for building teamwork begin with being respectful, honest, and open-minded.