3 steps to a great team

There's no great secret to creating a team that works well together. If you want innovation, creativity, and high productivity and performance, it starts with three simple steps.

1. Safety

People will not work well together if they don't trust their team members and leader. Safety comes from knowing that each person has the well-being of the others in mind when they do their work. This allows people to feel safe in the knowledge that as they take risks, explore, debate and push one another to grow, their won't be dire effects. Without safety, people will waste energy protecting themselves and second guess the intentions of others.

2. Belonging

You know when you are the odd one out; when you are standing outside the circle. When this happens, you pull back with your ideas and energy. You doubt and lose trust. To belong is a deep human need. Strong teams are built on a foundation of belonging. Team members understand where everyone fits in the group. When a team strives to maintain high levels of belonging, there is better communication, lower stress, higher confidence and collaboration.

3. Purpose

People need to know what they are working towards. Time and energy need to have a purpose. Strong teams have a clear mission. They understand how their daily tasks connect to a lager goal and have a leader who maintains this alignment. People pull together and are driven to work as a team through hardships when they understand what they are working for.