- Creating a positive team environment is a crucial element of good leadership. If you’re in any position of leadership in your company or business, you have to build a vibrant team that can help you to achieve your goals and vision. In any place of work and any business you will start, you need people. You need people with whom to work and do business. Understanding how to get the best out of the people that work for you leads to the success of your organisation or company.
How Do You Create a Positive Team Environment?
I want to share with you ten practical ideas that have enabled me not only to build a positive team environment in my workplace but also to start and build a business.
1. Build a Trusting Relationship with Your Staff or Your Customers
Creating a trusting relationship with your team and with your targeted customers enables you to achieve your goals. Always live by what you say. Your actions should reflect your words. If the two are not in any way connected, then it’s difficult for you to create a positive team environment.
Let your staff or customers see you as a reliable, responsible and accountable person. Trust protects you. Most successful leaders and people in business you see around you are honest. If you can’t pass the test of credibility, the chances of you succeeding in your endeavours are minimal.
If you want to create a positive team environment, you have to maintain a high level of quality service and deliver what you promise to do. Secondly, you have to believe in your words and your promises. Thirdly, you have to be honest. Fourthly, you have to show natural respect for your staff or customers. You also have to pay attention to them and ask them about their expectations, feelings and opinions.
2. Communicate Positively and Assertively.
Every human being wants to feel valued. You have to be sensitive to what you say and how you say it. You need to exhibit excellent communication skills whereby you keep an open ear to them, you are free to them, you respect them, and you support them.
Always communicate with them assertively. Assertive communicators believe that the people they talk to have equal rights as them. They communicate constructively and clearly, and in many cases, they become winners because people feel they are for them. Assertively communicate the vision, mission and values of your organisation to your staff to build a lively and positive team environment.
3. Understand Yourself Before You Understand Others
Most people quickly see the mistakes and bad behaviours of others. It’s rare for them to realise that they also have much to do to connect with others. If you want to build a positive team environment in which you can be supported to achieve your goals, it’s essential to begin by understanding yourself. Develop an understanding of self and how others may see you. You should know your strengths and your weaknesses.
After knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you can then try to recognise others’ behavioural styles and learn how to respond to their needs effectively. The most critical thing here is to learn how to respond to their needs positively and effectively. It means that you need to learn how to connect to them by exploring effective strategies in dealing with different people, including the so-called “difficult” people. By so doing, you will quickly realise the benefits of building a positive team environment.
4. Think to Get the Best from Your Team
Our mind is in such a way that what comes out of it depends mostly on what you feed in it. If you want your team to do well, treat them like they’re already proficient and able to achieve their objectives. Help them to set high expectations and walk with them to meet them; they will accomplish. Inspect them to get what you expect from them. They’ll be excellent members of the team and will rise to greater heights in their performance.
5. Acknowledge and Recognise Your Team Members.
There is nothing as energising as being appreciated and recognised for the good things you have done. During my working experience, I’ve noticed that when you understand others, you make them feel good. And I better work for the person who pays me little but values my work than doing work for one who gives me good pay but does not recognise my input. So do others. The word “Thank you” is straightforward but far-reaching in the hearts of most people.
When you appreciate and recognise someone, it should be real. It should come out of you enthusiastically so that one sees that your appreciation is genuine. If it’s not natural, then better not say it because people will misinterpret it.
6. Create a Pleasant Physical Environment for Everyone to Enjoy the Work
A positive team environment exists where there is a healthy environment for every team member. An excellent physical environment is where the workplace is clean, free of pollution, cheerful, attractive with enough space and light. It also refers to anything else that physically impacts you and your team members.
7. Have Fun with your Team Members.
I’ve known many bosses, who never joke, have fun and celebrate with their subordinates. That doesn’t create a positive team environment. You should not only focus on work. Although work is given priority, sharing with your team members in good times enables you to be a better leader. Always have fun with them!
8. Make Your Team Members Happy About Their Work.
When your team members are passionate about their work, they always get energised and self-driven. They initiate and pursue things to the end. It’s therefore essential for you as a leader to be enthusiastic about your work and what you do. It will make everyone see that you love what you are doing, and they will consequently enjoy being part of your team.
9. Be Approachable.
Creating a positive team environment requires you as a leader to be available to the team members. Don’t build a concrete wall around you. Let everyone, irrespective of their position and status, find you reachable and speak to you. Let them feel that you are there for them.
10. Create a Team Spirit
If you want to create a positive team environment, everyone must have a feeling of belonging to the team, and everyone’s contribution is essential to the team’s success. You should, therefore, develop a spirit of cooperation among your team members but not competition. You should also be open to everyone and allow each member to feel like a valued person in the team. Establish clear communication channels that every member of the team gets to know.
As I conclude, remember that you are a leader; you’re not a ruler. You are a server and not a boss. People expect much from you. Your success is, therefore, built upon other team members’ success. If you bear that in your mind, you will create a positive team environment for everyone, which will lead you to success in your business or organisation.