In March 2015 I started writing in this blog about my journey towards becoming a better leader, and as a consequence of this, I wanted to lead my team to become a ‘great team’.
As we near the end of 2016 I’m taking time to reflect on what has happened within the team during the last 21 months, and then consider our progress towards becoming a great team. And then from this reflection, I will then consider what actions we need to take as a team during 2017.
But before I do that, I want to set out what I actually mean by a great team. What does a great team look like? How does a great team function? What feeling does a great team give you? How do you know that you are part of a great team?
Without answering those questions its impossible to review our progress and to identify our next steps. So, below I have set out what I mean by a great team:
For me, a great team is a collective group of individuals that are working together to achieve a shared purpose. The individual members of the team provide empathetic support to their partners whilst holding each other accountable for their performance and the delivery of high quality work. The team acts boldly through the good times and the times of adversity The team has a culture of continuous learning, refinement and improvement. Every day the team asks itself ‘how could we do what we did yesterday better?’.
This is what I see as a great team. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below or drop me an e-mail.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to reflect on where I am as a leader supporting my team to achieve this, and where my team is towards becoming this great team. From this I will identify and publicly state a number of improvement actions.
More soon, I promise.