Teamwork in the Workplace
Creating the conditions
Creating the conditions
How do you create the conditions for effective teamwork in the workplace? Good team leadership is about creating the conditions that allow ideas and people to flourish, people to come together, to feel empowered, allowing performance to flow.
It’s also about developing people’s strengths, while building good relationships and connections between people. Especially when in the pursuit of challenging and meaningful team goals. Achieve this and you’re well on your way towards creating the conditions for effective effective teamwork in the workplace. So these are the three key points to remember:
And all three are major factors in well-being in the workplace. Particularly when people feel they’re pursuing meaningful, worthwhile goals which make a difference.
It’s a similar story with our relationships and “connected-ness” to others. The strengths of our relationships have repeatedly been found to be the strongest links to finding happiness in life. So there’s a good chance that developing this kind of teamwork in the workplace will also create a better place to work.
In this article we blend ideas from three well-known experts. Firstly from Stephen Covey’s 7 habits, (think win-win, seek first to understand and synergize). Then with three of Peter Senge’s five disciplines, (personal mastery, shared vision and team learning) together with some of our own thoughts. Finally by adapting Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi’s conditions for creating flow to a team context. From these eminent sources we propose our own recommendations for creating the conditions for teamwork in the workplace.
Teamwork is like many things in life. It will grow naturally if the conditions are there. At the heart of effective teamwork in the workplace is the sense of camaraderie and of valuing each other. This means when people come together they deliver more than they would separately, and they are empowered to do it!
So effective teamwork in the workplace happens when three things are in place:
You may have noticed that to bring each of the three aspects together we have emphasised the importance of alignment. Team leaders need to ensure that they align the strengths of individuals with teamwork, and a focus on meaningful results. This forms the basis of our model for effective teams, we call it the STAR team performance model (Strengths, Teamwork,Alignment, Results).
You can find out more about our STAR team performance model in our article teamwork theories, where we explain the model and why we think it can help create the conditions for effective teams and a workplace built on well-being.
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