“T” Means TRUST in T.E.A.M. Building by Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell

 “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson

There are many facets of what makes a successful TEAM and what the Golden Secret for success is. The truth is… there isn’t a cookie-cutter answer, because, in network marketing, we are surrounded by different personalities, backgrounds, cultures, past experiences, and so much more.

Last month I wrote about: the “6 Key “C” Components in Building Synergy in Your Team”, which included: “Conception, Communication, Coalition, Creativity, Consistency, and Conquest”. It is loaded with some great tips that anyone can use to meet his/her needs.  This month I want to dive in deeper to simplify four core values of team building.

I have pondered on this, read, and researched other leaders’ thoughts on this subject, and have formulated the following to be as most important. It’s not that I second guess my thoughts, but I genuinely believe everyone should continually learn how to do things better, especially myself.

Also… I do not know of any leader who has had a smooth-sailing team, where everyone was perfectly working together. Things happen and mistakes can be made.  Trust can be shaken, and even worse, teams can be split in several directions.  Some of my studies were on how to work things out to bring a team back together.  Here are my findings:

THE FOUR COMPONENTS OF BUILDING A TEAM (T.E.A.M). 

Many know of the acronym of TEAM meaning, “Together Everyone Accomplishes (Achieves) More.” I want to use it for the HOW to build in TEAM.

1. TRUST:

a) A team only works when there is TRUST in each other. If there is an issue, then the best part is to address the person/or people where the trust has been breached and hear them out.

Listen to seek clarity and to understand. Be honest and transparent about it all.

b) Make sure that what you say you will do… You’ll do it, (unless forces of nature keep you from it). Also, make sure you don’t promise something that you are unsure of if you can do or not. Lip service without action hurts. 

The best leaders underpromise and over-deliver.

c] Lead from the front, and not from behind.

If you want to build trust within your team, then lead by your example, and show your people that you trust others.

2 EMPATHY:

a) Get to know each person on your team. We never know what anyone else is going through, especially if they keep to themselves.  One of the greatest ways to connect with a person is to LISTEN.  Showing appreciation just for the “conversation” creates a “safer circle of trust”.

Consistency with being transparent and genuine is also very important.

b) To help understand how to work with different types of personalities much better, there is a terrific book authored by: Tom “Big Al” Schreiter, titled “The Four Color Personalities”.   

That is an excellent way to learn how to talk and work with anyone, especially team members.

c) Be HONEST.  You will gain the trust of anyone if they know you are sincere and honest in all that you say and do.

Consistency with being transparent and genuine works wonders.

d) Be Vulnerable and admit when you are wrong. 

3) ABILITY:

a) You will keep the trust of your team if you are leading on the frontline through your Action, your Competency, your long-term planning of Goals, and your building quality Relationships.

b) Never doubt your abilities to lead and build. If you are continuing to improve yourself, moving forward even through the mistakes, then you have earned the title of Leader and Team Builder.

Persistence will earn you respect and trust.

c) Communication is the most important way to grow your business and team.  Find what works best for you and your team members. Fine-tune it constantly. This really is the Secret Sauce.  Have you investigated Team Building Activities? (That will be another article.)

4) MENTORSHIP:

a) Daily Education is key to being a respected leader/mentor.  Find your own mentor(s). Reach out to those you want to learn from, whether it is through reading books or watching YouTube videos. 

Feed yourself first with motivation, and inspiration, plus tips and techniques to become a better leader, so you can help others.

b) Find undisturbed time so you can truly ponder and learn. This is the most important part of your leadership.

Take the time to replenish YOU.

c) You will become an incredible, respected leader, as others will see all of your hard work and it will definitely pay off. 

 “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock 

Team Building is key in network marketing.  I am extremely grateful to have, The Network Marketing Magazine, Publishers, George, and Debbie Madou, as part of my team.  They have created such a wonderful vast database of fabulous content for new or seasoned network marketers all around the globe. This is definitely a MUST-HAVE resource!

I encourage you to Be Your Best Self always! JUST BE YOU!  Your team will love openness and friendship.  Plan goals together and hold them to it. Leading on the Front Lines means that you are reaching your goals too!

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill


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