There are many types of teams in the world. The ones we typically interface with the most are our company and our family, but teams can be any group of people that come together for a common goal. As a leadership consultant, I spend a good deal of time discussing how to create positive, powerful cultures in organizations. I want to share what I have learned over the course of my career and empower you to have the most successful team possible! Without a positive and powerful team culture, it is very likely that we will not meet or sustain our goals.
A positive team culture benefits the team in 4 main ways:
- The team wants to come to work: When there is a positive environment, you have hard workers, but also hear laughter. You hear statements like, “I love going to work (or practice, or seeing my family).” You have fewer problems with employees arriving late or trying to leave early. People are happy and more productive with the time they have each day. In a company, perhaps people could make more money elsewhere, but choose not to because they like the culture your company provides.
- The team is communicating: Communication is a big part of what makes a team successful. When there is good communication, both parties (leader and team members) feel known, heard, able to trust the other, and like they belong. In a positive team, you hear people ask questions about each other’s families. You hear people say, “I enjoy my team.” Because of that, they are communicating about issues as well. You benefit because you do not have to waste too much time managing the conflicts or failures that inevitably result from a lack of communication.
- The team finds creative solutions: Team members will be more invested in coming up with creative solutions for success when they feel part of the team. They feel their ideas will be heard and considered. In business, people will compete; in a positive culture, people will work together as a team towards the goal. Instead of competing with other members of the team, people are motivated to share solutions and then work together and follow through with implementation for the benefit of the business or team as a whole. You hear people say, “I was thinking of a solution to one of our problems, and I can’t wait to share it with you” or “I am excited to implement our new solution.”
- The team experiences rewards: Whether winning the big game, enjoying a peaceful family vacation, or gaining financial rewards as a business, positive team culture creates positive outcomes in life. When team members feel safe and known, they are empowered to contribute, think creatively and show up to work hard. They enjoy communicating with each other, bring great value to the team, and are happy; a positive team culture is a recipe for success in life and in business!
In business, it is often said that if you are not growing, you’re dying. A positive team culture ensures growth. But what if you are not sure how your team culture is doing, or you wonder how to create or rebuild a positive culture? Having spent years helping to create good team cultures, it is my passion to share what I have learned to help others. Over the next few blogs, we will talk about how to identify a negative team culture, the steps to create a positive team culture and how to rebuild a positive culture if it has been lost. Stay tuned!
Please let me know your thoughts, comments, and questions below!