Michael Jordan once said: talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. With six championship rings under his belt, Jordan is undoubtedly onto something about leadership, collaboration, and yes, group dynamics.
What does a successful team look like? The answer is as diverse as today’s competitive business environment. But here’s a few characteristics that may sound familiar:
- Talented and specialized. Within a team, multiple specialists create an environment where each area of talent improves the group. Specialists take a sphere of knowledge and truly bring it to life.
- Engaged and enthusiastic. Communication is open, candid, and focused on not just getting the work done but moving the business forward.
- Driven and consistent. Deadlines are not only par for the course but handled with enthusiasm. The energy is kept consistent not just for one project but for all team goals for the long run.
We just know what a successful team looks like; we can practically feel it. When a group is running full speed ahead with all talent aligned towards a specific objective, the energy is truly palpable.
Make Room for Improving Group Dynamics
Sunlight is an excellent disinfectant. In the business world, open and targeted communication is the proverbial sunlight. When performance suffers, people respond in different ways. Some double down on their efforts and turn things around through self-accountability and coaching. Unfortunately, other people turn their low performance into negative behaviors, and this negativity infects the entire team.
So it’s time to make room to improve group dynamics so that the overall performance grows across the team and the entire organization at large.
Bring together teams in a way that facilities these honest discussions. Before any discussion, make sure that you pull down as many metrics as you can relating to the tasks of the team. This quantitative data will also help frame the qualitative data gained from each and every meeting.
These meetings can be done with several variations: one on ones with everyone on the team, small breakout groups done at random within the team or held as one meeting where everyone is given time to contribute to the conversation.
Assessments and these candid meetings intersect well; the more data collected, the more dimension is given to the potential series of solutions.
The Road Ahead
The most important point to keep in mind while revamping group dynamics is to give proper time for adjustments. Take in feedback from all members without weighing one role above another. Giving all team members equity in the discussion leads to lower resentments and higher-quality feedback. Genuine feedback is the key to improving group dynamics and making better habits stick for the long term.
Leadership in business isn’t always smooth, but it is always worth revisiting how the intersection of group dynamics and leadership impact the organization.
At the end of the day, group dynamics is the arrangement of people for the benefit of the individuals, the team, the department, and the organization all at the same time. These overlapping groups orbit each other in a delicate dance that is improved or broken by leadership and careful but consistent improvement.
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