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					How to Teamwork Your Way to the Top by Barbara Stennes, CSP You need to put a Herculean individual effort to get the same result that a wellknit team could easily achieve. The key to building a successful team is to instill in all the team members a sense of shared responsibility. In addition to sharing the responsibility, a wise team leader will also generously share the credit for success. A second important element of success is rapport, which the manager or team leader bears much of the burden for creating. When each team member feels that s/he plays a vital role, the outcome will almost certainly be an enthusiastic, productive team. Note that this applies not only to teams but also to organizations in general. Successful team leadership is therefore a bit of a balancing act. The leader must be able to inspire and motivate the team, which requires a certain amount of charisma, vision, trust, and strength of character. However, if taken too far, these traits may backfire on the leader. For example, the leader may overestimate his/her influence over the rest of the team, or grow arrogant, or push the team too hard. This sort of extremism can easily jeopardize the team’s performance; warning signs might include stress, short tempers, and the inability to meet deadlines. Organizations that cultivate a culture of teamwork generally outperform their more individualistic competitors. Frequently, this leads to a virtuous cycle of self-improvement, as success breeds enthusiasm, which breeds better teamwork, which breeds yet more success. For this reason, teamwork is important for creating a healthy, prosperous organization.

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Description: Fostering a collaborative atmosphere will improve both morale and productivity in your organization. Managing a team effectively requires that the team leader draw on the skills and talents of all team members.
Barbara Stennes Barbara Stennes President www.ResourcesUnlimited.com
About Barbara Stennes is the president and owner of Resources Unlimited, a training and consulting firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 1980 Barbara has conducted training sessions or facilitated meetings with 70,000 people throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Barbara is an authorized Inscape Publishing distributor who is certified in DiSC from Inscape Publishing. Resources Unlimited provides Inscape Publishing assessments, DiSC assessments, EPIC Account, DiSC Certifications, and other training materials. Barbara is also a lifetime certified master trainer in all of Edward de Bono's Creative Thinking Methods. She was personally trained by Dr. Edward de Bono to facilitate seminars on creativity and innovative thinking, including Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, and other de Bono Thinking Systems.