Need for taking initiatives and secrets of team building

It’s not without a reason that management gurus lecture on and on about the magic of initiative. Taking initiative helps us not only in our professional life but also in our personal and social life. And, at times even a small step can do wonders. Here are five reasons on why you need to take initiative:

When you take the initiative to do something new you step out of your comfort zone ad challenge yourself. This is a very important for both personal and professional development. The entire exercise of attempting something new and executing it helps you grow faster, which is the key to success.

Bosses like people who show the inclination to be future leaders. By taking initiative you will be doing just that. People who come up with new ideas or take new ventures are deemed to possess leadership or management skills, which is viewed favorably by top bosses.

When you take an initiative you understand your office environment. If your boss and colleagues support you wholeheartedly you’re in the right place, otherwise you might have to think about shifting offices. As a rule, organizations that support new initiatives have more successful and happier employees.

Sometimes you are terribly stuck in the monotony of your job. At such juncture, taking an initiative can help you revive interest in your job. You can start off by taking a small initiative, say by organizing an office picnic and move on to bigger things. By doing this, you will soon finding yourself getting out of the rut and thinking anew.

Initiatives help in fostering professional growth. They reflect your leadership skills as well as your willingness to do something for your organization. On a personnel level, it shows an ability to experiment, take risks and challenge your self with life skills that are crucial for success.

You can go on and on about the fundas to successful team building. After all, there’s no fixed mantra to what makes a group of people click together. But there are a few principles that are followed by almost every manager. Here are five secrets to team building that can help:

It’s very important for a team leader to be honest to his / her team. S/he should tell them exactly where they stand within the organization. A team leader should convey the right information in a positive manner. Once your team members know they are positive in the organization they will take your instructions in a better manner.

Be consistent about your communication with your team members. You will lose credibility with your team members if you communicate differently with different team members about same situation. For example, if you rebuke a team member for his/her mistake, and spare someone else when s/he does the same thing you lose credibility. Also, make sure that you manage your moods at work. If you project a professional behavior whatever the situation your team will surely respect you.

Always be frank with your team members if there is some bad news coming for your team or the organization. Avoid using diplomatic phrases like ‘The management asked me to keep it secret I don’t have all the facts yet I don’t think the employees can handle bad news etc.’ More often than not employees find out about the bad news (sometimes even before their managers). They can handle bad news as long as their managers are concerned about them.

When you emphasize on feedback and insist on it, you build a bond of trust that improves your team’s performance. Your team members work hard, and by giving feedback you show that you appreciate their efforts and the difference they make to the team. A team leader should also make it safe for team members to give feedback. Let them know that you value their inputs, to make the work environment a win-win situation.

People go to work because they want to make a difference at their jobs, as well as their lives. One of the best ways to generate team support is to involve them in solution creation process. Be it staff meeting, one-on-one sessions, work shops etc., and create an atmosphere that lets your team members express themselves freely. Try this, and you will be showed with innovative, proactive solutions that are better than what you imagined.

1) Always give credit for solutions
2) Create a reward system
3) Keep all communication channels open.