Building Team Commitment

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No matter what type of leadership position you hold, you can’t be an effective leader without inspiring your team. Committed team members have greater job satisfaction, they are inspired to do more, and they will provide improved work quality. Employees will commit when they see that their contributions are valued, and when they realize that their efforts are recognized by those in positions of authority. In other words, as a team builder, you must figure out what drives team members, and then use that knowledge to motivate them toward your vision and goals. 

To gain team commitment: 

  1. Ask team members for their opinions and insights. Let's face it--everyone wants to be recognized as being an important part of the process. Workers want to be appreciated and to be seen as having value. Team members will have a vested interest in helping to achieve your organization’s goals when they have helped to form them. 
  2. Build excitement into the work. Or, try building more content into the job to make it more meaningful. Rotate workers in and out of the less challenging assignments. That way, even though individual jobs might not be all that interesting, there will be more variety in the routine. Mixing dull assignments with those more interesting breaks the routine and prevents boredom from setting in. 
  3. Tell employees how their efforts contribute to the quality and mission of the organization. Give workers more responsibility for the job being done. Allow workers to be "self-directed" to the largest extent possible. Devise new methods of doing the department's work, and give your staff an opportunity to choose the approaches that suit them best. 
  4. Encourage suggestions from employees on ways to improve job interest, productivity, quality, and safety. Help workers develop these ideas, and then implement the best of them. Be generous in your praise of any and all ideas that are accepted and implemented and stress the contributions of your team. 
  5. Whenever possible, delegate your routine duties. This has threefold benefit. First, it frees you to handle those management tasks which only you can handle. Second, it will give you an opportunity to see what your subordinates can do when faced with added responsibility. And third, it provides workers a welcome break from their normal routine. This helps them to realize that they really are making a contribution. Employees will notice all of these attempts to improve and will respond with efforts of their own.