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Three Characteristics of a Successful Team

Cultivating characteristics of a successful team, in an office atmosphere that encourages productive, satisfactory work can be challenging for any entrepreneur.

Everyone has different ways they work and different strengths and weaknesses. It’s hard to find a suitable one-size-fits-all approach that works for everybody. It takes great leadership to build great teams. You need leaders who are not afraid to course-correct, make difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly being met – and improving at all times.

Whether in the workplace, professional sports, or your local community, team building requires a keen understanding of people and their strengths. What gets your team excited to work with others? It requires the management of egos and their constant demands for attention and recognition – not always warranted.

Developing a successful, high-performance team is both an art and a science, and the leader who can consistently accomplish this are invaluable.

Here are three essential traits for a successful team:

  1. Listener


For communication, this is the cream of the crop! Giving someone your full attention gives the speaker a sense of worth and support for their values, experiences, feelings or ideas. Powerful bonds are formed this way.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

  1. Inspirational & Motivational to Others

Be a true visionary! Don’t be focused on temporary setbacks, see the big picture. Drive for success, painting a clear picture of your goals and be able to effectively communicate them with your team.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

  1. High Integrity and Honesty


Never compromise your values by cheating. Lead by example, walk the walk of your talk. Be willing to respectfully listen, discuss and speak up, even when issues are challenging or unpopular. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” –  C.S. Lewis