Originally posted by The Balance Careers.
Alison Doyle is the job search expert for The Balance Careers, and one of the industry's most highly-regarded job search and career experts.
When a group works well together, it achieves the best results. That's why employers want to hire people with team building skills. Good team builders are able to help groups work together well and meet their goals.
Being able to build and manage a successful team is a qualification for many different types of jobs. If you’re being considered for a position that requires managing or being part of a team, you will need to show that you have the team building skills necessary for the job.
The best way to do that is to share examples of your skills and how you used them in the workplace in your job application materials, and during interviews.
What Are Team Building Skills?
What is team building? Team building is knowing how to help individuals work as a cohesive group where all members feel invested in the direction and accomplishments of the team. All members have input towards developing goals and defining the steps to take to reach those goals. Everyone is able to work together to achieve the group's objectives.
Note: Employers believe that highly collaborative teams will achieve greater productivity, higher morale, less counter-productive conflict, and better customer relations.
Even though companies want all of their employees to have team building skills, they are particularly important for managers, supervisors, and outside consultants that oversee groups of employees.
Types of Team Building Skills
If you are helping to unite a team, you need to have strong communication skills. Using both written and verbal communication skills, you will have to explain company goals, delegate tasks, resolve conflicts between members, and more. It is important that you are able to clearly express ideas in ways that others can understand.
In order to problem solve and make sure every team member feels heard, you will also have to listen. You will need to understand the concerns of every member so that they each feel that they are being considered and appreciated.
Facilitating Group Discussion
Reading Body Language (Nonverbal Communication)
When team building, you will need to solve problems. These might include issues related to the group’s goals. However, these might also include interpersonal problems between group members.
A team builder must help to resolve both. He or she needs to be a mediator who can listen to two sides of a problem and help everyone come to an agreement. The goal of a team builder is to solve problems in a way that helps the team achieve its goals and keeps its members working well together.
Being a team builder often requires assuming a leadership role for a team. You need to make decisions when there is conflict, establish group goals, and work with team members who are not producing their best. All of this requires leadership and management skills.
Aligning Team Goals with Company Goals
Establishing Standard Operating Procedure
While being a good leader is important in team building, so is being a good team player. You can help build a strong team by showing the team what it means to work well in a group.
You will need to collaborate and cooperate with team members, listen to their ideas, and be open to taking and applying their feedback.
Ability to Follow Instructions
Responding to Constructive Criticism
A team builder gets other team members excited about setting and achieving project goals. This kind of motivational energy can take many forms. Perhaps you come to work every day with a positive attitude, or maybe you encourage your other teammates with positive feedback.
Another way to motivate team members is to provide incentives. These might range from bonuses and other financial rewards to extra days of fun group activities. A team builder can think of creative ways to inspire the team to do its best.
Mentoring New Leaders
Recognizing and Rewarding Group Achievements
A good team builder knows he or she cannot complete group tasks alone. Team builders clearly and concisely lay out each team member’s responsibilities. This way, everyone is responsible for a piece of the group goal.
Good delegation leads to project efficiency, and it can help a group achieve a goal on time or even ahead of schedule.
Setting and Managing Expectations
More Team Building Skills
Assessing Group Progress
Identifying the Strengths and Weaknesses of Team Members
Creating Mission Statements
Passionate About Diversity
How to Make Your Skills Stand Out
ADD RELEVANT SKILLS TO YOUR RESUME: In your work history and summaries, use the skill words above where your job descriptions required you to work with others. Note especially those jobs where you led teams or groups, even if only temporarily.
HIGHLIGHT SKILLS IN YOUR COVER LETTER: Mention one or two of the skills mentioned above and give specific examples of instances when you demonstrated these traits at work.
USE SKILL WORDS IN YOUR JOB INTERVIEW: Keep the top skills listed above in mind during your interview and be prepared to give examples of how you have used them.
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