Build a team that will accomplish your goals.
As a business owner, you know how important achieving your vision is with your team in tow, but reaching these lofty goals can seem like an impossible task if your team doesn’t have certain characteristics.
Goals move us towards our vision, and it’s crucial to develop the right characteristics your team should have to accomplish goals. These characteristics should demand improvement and change and be immediately actionable when somebody hears them, so people know how to act on them and inspire change within themselves and others around you – which is what we’re all looking for.
According to Donald Miller in Business Made Simple, “when you define the key characteristics your team needs to develop, you define the kind of people allowed to work for you.” You can’t build a team without defining what kind of people you need.
Here are some characteristics your team needs to develop to move towards goals successfully:
They must be self-motivated and passionate about what they do. The best way to build a winning team is by hiring the right people who love what they do. “If someone doesn’t love what they do, then I don’t trust them.” (Donald Miller). Don’t hire “yes” men/women – you need people on your team who will be honest with you and tell you what they’re thinking.
They need to have an attitude of gratitude. If you go into work with a great attitude, it rubs off on the people around you, and they’ll start talking about what a positive influence you are on the team, which will create more happiness that spreads throughout your company. It makes people happy to see others so appreciative of their job and team. People who appreciate what they have to work with don’t complain, gossip, or spread negativity around about others on the team or the company as a whole.
They need to be willing to build relationships with those around them for your business to flourish. It’s essential that people are comfortable around each other and not scared to voice their opinions because they don’t want to offend others. You need people who will be excited about each other’s success, much like a family. It’s important to recruit the right people into the company who have your best interests in mind – always looking out for the team as a whole.
They must have a high standard for excellence and be willing to work hard at achieving it. This goes hand in hand with self-motivation and passion, which is why I placed them on my list. Once people are happily motivated about their job, their excellence will kick in naturally because they love what they do and want the best of the best. When you have excellent employees, they tend to attract other outstanding employees eventually. Define what excellence looks like in your company and stick by it.
They need to be able to communicate with those around them and be bold about it. Communication is a big part of success because it builds trust between team members and eliminates feelings of uncertainty. If somebody feels unsure about what’s going on, they’ll start to feel bad for themselves and even quit if they don’t feel appreciated by others within the company. Don’t stand for this! Encourage communication and ask people how they’re feeling so that you can work on making them feel appreciated.
They must be creative, open-minded, and non-judgmental. Imagine having somebody on your team who has great brainstorming ideas in your meetings? You’ll never have to worry about calling someone in because you need an idea. Just be careful about not getting too lost in the details and losing sight of your goal. Be open-minded to what people have to say; good ideas are stimulated here. Remember, one great idea could send your business soaring!
If somebody has an idea you don’t like, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea. It’s just that it’s not a good fit for your particular business model. However- sometimes you might like the same idea but want to tweak it and turn it into something completely different.
If somebody has a great idea that you don’t take seriously at first, be open-minded enough to allow them to express themselves because sometimes they need a chance to showcase their creativity and open-mindedness.
They must have the ability to work independently or in a team environment. There’s nothing worse than knowing that you hired somebody who doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting because they preferred being on stage performing in front of crowds instead of doing background work backstage.
The problem is that nobody needs to be on stage all of the time. You need behind-the-scenes people to pull strings and make things happen. If somebody can’t do work by themselves or with others, it’s best not to waste their potential because they’ll likely get frustrated and stop working altogether.
They must have the ability to take criticism and be comfortable taking action on it. Taking criticism and refining yourself is a significant characteristic of success because, without this, you might have people who are afraid that they’re not good enough at what they do. This will cause them to feel inferior about themselves compared to other team members- you must seek out a team of people who are comfortable taking criticism and listening to others, especially if it will help them become better at what they do.
They must have the ability to learn from their mistakes and be humble about them because there’s nothing worse than somebody who is in denial about where they went wrong. This type of behavior will cause you to hire the same people repeatedly because they won’t learn from their mistakes. Instead, they’ll continue doing what they did wrong in hopes that it will come out better the next time around.
They have to be open-minded about change and willing to adapt when necessary if your company is changing. There will be times when your team needs to adjust their methods or even their entire way of thinking to acclimate themselves to a new system. This is where an open-minded team will thrive because they’ll be willing to put in the work that it takes for everybody else around them to do better as well.
They need to be aware of their surroundings and the people in them instead of just going through the day as if they’re walking on eggshells. This makes sure that everybody will come together to achieve a common goal, even if it’s not their goal. Ask yourself this: do you want to surround yourself with many people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and make themselves indispensable around? Or do you want a group of yes-people who will gladly do anything you say but have no idea what they’re actually doing?
The most important thing to keep in mind is to determine whether or not you would be happy to work alongside somebody who has these characteristics. We are social creatures, and we need people around us who will push our boundaries to grow as a team!
When it comes to building your dream team, be the kind of leader who can turn a group of individuals into an unstoppable force!