When it comes to building a winning team, you must remember some very vital steps. 


From management to staff and everything in between, creating a successful team takes careful consideration and identifying what’s most important for your business and goals. 


In today’s post, we cover the top five things you need to build a winning team and become a better manager. 


1. Create a Plan 

When building a winning team, it’s essential to come up with a plan. Once you have determined what you want to achieve, you can begin setting the team’s goals. 


By creating a plan, you have a clear intention for what you hope to build and achieve with your winning team. The exact plan allows you to set realistic goals that can help you get to your target quicker. 


2. Set Clear Goals

Much like in our personal lives, we operate better when we have goals. It’s one thing to say you want to run a marathon, but if you don’t set clear goals to get you there, then it’ll be much more challenging. 


The same is in the workplace. It’s one thing to tell staff to sell more, but another to give team members clear benchmarks. With a clear standard, your team has something to work towards and accomplish. 


Before you communicate your team’s goals, think about why you want to set goals and when you hope to achieve them. If the team accomplishes its goal, what are the implications? How will it benefit your organisation? 


To create a winning team, ensure you know how you will track and evaluate progress and completion and how you will report the organisation’s accomplishments. 


3. Let staff develop their own goals

After determining team goals, all your staff to develop their own goals. They should be able to decide on their capabilities that will support the teams' objectives.


Ensure you are available to provide support: help them learn how to develop meaningful and achievable goals using a SMART goals criteria framework. 


Ensure they understand the importance of measurement by guiding them, so their goals align with the team and organisation.


4. Give Your Winning Team Space 

There’s nothing worse than someone over your shoulder watching your every move, especially when trying to reach your goals. 


Instead of micromanaging your teams every move, give them the space to work towards their goal and fulfil the role you hired them for. 


With space, trust and confidence in you as a manager inspires your employees to continue to work hard towards their goals.


5. Show your Appreciation

While your winning team works hard to meet their goals, it’s essential to show them your appreciation. 


By showing your team how much you appreciate them and their hard work, you create an environment where they can thrive. 


With an environment that’s conducive to success, your team can exceed their targets and win. 


Whether it’s weekly, monthly or quarterly; set yourself time to show your appreciation, so it’s not forgotten. 


It’s Time to Start Winning

With these five tips, you are ready to build a winning team and lead them to success. Before you pick your start players for your team, it’s essential to ask the right questions when interviewing candidates. For more tips on how to interview check out this post here. 


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