Last week we covered off the fourth habit or approach of being an inspirational, influential and collaborative communicator, how did you get on with the tips? 

The fifth habit is to be a team builder. Middle managers need to be able to build and maintain high-performing teams that work together effectively. Building trust and rapport among team members, resolving conflicts, and promoting collaboration and teamwork are fundamental team builder activities for middle managers.

Middle managers are responsible for building and maintaining high-performing teams that work together effectively to achieve organisational goals. Building a strong team requires the ability to create an environment of trust and collaboration, resolve conflicts, and promote teamwork. As a middle manager, you need to be skilled in identifying and leveraging the strengths of your team members, providing constructive feedback, and creating a sense of purpose and shared vision.

To be an effective team builder, middle managers must develop their skills in the following areas:

  1. Building trust and rapport: Building trust and rapport among team members is essential for effective collaboration and teamwork. Middle managers can build trust by being transparent, authentic, and consistent in their communication, and by creating opportunities for team members to get to know each other on a personal level. Any and all time spent strengthening the ties between team members is an investment in making sure the team become more resilient and supportive of each other.
  2. Resolving conflicts: Conflicts are inevitable in any team, but effective conflict resolution is key to maintaining a high-performing team. Playing politics and squashing all conflict doesn’t help the team to debate and respectfully challenge performance. Middle managers can help resolve conflicts by encouraging open and honest communication, actively listening to all perspectives, and finding common ground.
  3. Promoting collaboration and teamwork: Promoting collaboration and teamwork is essential for achieving organisational goals. Middle managers can promote collaboration by creating a shared sense of purpose and vision, encouraging open communication, and recognising and leveraging the strengths of individual team members.
  4. Providing constructive feedback: Providing constructive feedback is essential for promoting growth and development within the team. Middle managers can provide feedback that is specific, actionable, and supportive, and that focuses on both strengths and areas for improvement. This course will help you with feedback skills.

Applying all these approaches or habits consistently and constantly is the secret to success in being a team builder.

I’d love to know what approaches work best you for…