Top 10 Skills for Building Winning Teams – UK

Harvard psychologist Richard Hackman, a preeminent scholar of team effectiveness believes that a team’s design is the most vital factor in building winning teams. “Get the design right, the theory says, and the performance will take care of itself.”[i] To have a good design, you need “clear goals, well-designed tasks that are conducive to teamwork, team members with the right skills and experiences for the task, adequate resources, and access to coaching and support.”[i]


The results of getting an efficient team together are better performance, high morale and professional development of all. For an employee, “working effectively as part of a team is incredibly important for output quality, morale, and retention.”[ii] To become a highly valuable part of a team, take a look at these top 10 skills for creating team synergy:



Build a Team



Select the team type and build teams using the steps of forming, storming, norming and performing



Create Team Synergy



Develop collaboration and cooperation in a team



Team Communication



Establish team norms, build trust and put communication channels in place






Identify your style, communicate with confidence and inspire others to act




Listen Actively




Learn focused listening and asking questions to control and manage conversations



Resolve Conflicts




Know how to find mutual requirements, identify needs and reach the best solution



Manage Meetings



Learn how to plan and prepare for meetings to get productive outcomes



Deal with Difficult People



Prevent issues from escalating, manage difficult situations and use the 3-step resolution process



Deliver Criticism



Use the feedback sandwich method to offer criticism constructively



Manage Diversity in Teams



Understand stereotypes, create an inclusive environment and put a system in place for diversity complaints









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