Gone are the days business models used to advocate for individuality. Today, tasks are handed out to teams so that they can get to finish them quickly and with quality results. For the service industry, teamwork satisfies the needs of clients leading to repeat business. Collaboration has a domino effect. Employees are happier when they work as a team. Their happiness translates into high productivity, which management approves, and the clients get what they requested. In general, where there is a strong team, everyone is happy and satisfied.

Teamwork is one of the strategies that we use and encourage others to use here at GIS. Already, we are the success story; you need to believe that teamwork works. After many years of operation and taking up more thousands of clients, I have learned that this wouldn’t be possible were it not for the Global Investment Strategies’ team.

Now, it hasn’t been a smooth road that I can assure you. However, once I got to figure out the dynamics of a team, everything became a smooth sail. To start with, I discovered any team leader should be patient. They should give other members the chance to speak their mind before finalizing on the matter at hand.

Another trait that I have acquired is respecting the team members’ contributions. A team leader shouldn’t be selfish when it comes to the implementation of ideas. It’s not always that your opinions will be ideal. Sometimes you need to step back and let the team decide the way forward. At least this way, you get to choose the ideal solution.

Furthermore, I have learned to take responsibility for my team’s actions and decisions. This is the hardest thing a leader can do, particularly when things don’t work out. Nobody wants to be associated with failure. So if you are a team leader, learn to accept failure as equally as you would success. Speaking of, give credit where it’s due. If the idea is one of the members, let it be known. Do not take credit for something you didn’t initiate.

In my chosen line of work, I have as well learned to listen. Hear out what clients want, what your team thinks of the project, and finally, create an environment for free discussion. Listening is a big part of the teamwork dynamic. Each member should have a fair share of the spotlight.

Finally, lead. The future is a mystery, but it shouldn’t strike you with fear. This is something I have had to do day in day out. When a team depends on you for direction and a sense of purpose, show that you fit the shoes.

These are my experiences that I have turned into pointers on how to succeed should you be in a team. If you are appointed leader, the pointers can help guide your team’s output into the required results.