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Eileen Peng McComber
First is to set objectives and goals for the team. What is the team trying to accomplish? Once the goals are set, then talk about ways to get to the goals. Encourage people to share their ideas and opinions but also let the team know that there needs to be a final plan and concrete actions in order to move forward.
First and foremost, you must know what the mission and goals are and then work from there. Keep everyone participating and encourage discussions. Don't badger anyone's thoughts or decisions. If it happens that someone is against the rest, keep going back to the mission and goals...that will refocus everyone on the same path. Sometimes you must take charge, other times you must step back, but it depends on the situation. Communication is the key to being a team and respect. Positive feedbacks throughout are excellent gelling for a team :) Make sure people are using their skills, so put them where they are good at. Spend time outside of work to talk or have lunch.
The most important aspect of any team is to get them all understanding and supportive of the team initiative. They should know why they are brought together and what the goals of the team are. Most people want to contribute and also want to be heard. As a leader it is important to understand what matters to each of your team members and to understand what they have to offer to the group. Support your team members interest and provide positive reinforcement on a job well done. Also try to understand any dynamics of the team that may cause conflict. Get to the root of the issue and do what can be done to resolve the conflict.
Team building starts with being a strong leader - one whom all members of the team respect and are comfortable with. You need to take the time to bring out the strengths of your team members. When you find them, begin using those strengths together in the best way possible for your organization. Your people will feel valued and an integral part of your group, and that's when they will start to interact more, because now you have taught them, in a round-about way, that they are valuable and that each possesses skills that when combined with those of other team members, raises the value and work of that team to the next level, something that everyone will feel good about. Spend positive time with your employees on an individual basis, and something quite amazing will happen.