5 Obstacles To Team Success
Teams like individuals, encounter a number of obstacles. So what are 5 common obstacles to team success?
Obstacle 1: Lack of direction
Team success depends on everyone having clarity about what they are trying to achieve. Where there is a lack of clarity of clarity on the direction of the team, there is a major obstacle to achievement. Make sure that the team has a clearly defined goal.
Obstacle 2: Unequal commitment to team performance
Teams need to be collectively committed to performance. Sometimes there will be individuals who are highly committed while there may be others who are passively committed. In other words they say the right things but when it comes to action, there is a disconnect. Conditions need to be created that encourages equal commitment to team performance and results.
Obstacle 3: Major skills gaps
Few teams start off with every required skill in place. If these skills gaps are not addressed, then ultimately performance will be less than optimal. If you want optimal performance from the team, make sure that skills gaps are addressed.
Obstacle 4: Hostility
Healthy conflict and constructive challenge are vital ingredients in any successful team. Hostility on the other hand can stop a team ever getting started or if does drain all of the energies of the team. Create a space to clear hostility by having it voiced then focus on creating healthy conflict and constructive challenge.
Obstacle 5: Leadership skills gaps
It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that just because someone is leading a team they have all of the necessary skills. All team leaders will have areas where they excel and areas where they struggle a bit more. To address this, other team members need to be encouraged to fill the skills gaps.
Just like individuals, teams face challenges and obstacles. What obstacles are getting in the way of your teams success and what are you doing about them?