A team is a group of people with a common goal and a set of skills, working together to create something valuable, profitable and which will make a difference.

But not all teams succeed, or is even productive and efficient enough. What is it, then, that makes some teams stronger, better prepared, great at time management, purpose- and action-oriented and with a sense of trust and integrity?

The leadership matters, of course.

But it’s the personal qualities, the unique skills and personality each member has and how these combine to create something that can’t be seen anywhere else. When such creative energy is combined with smooth communication and hard work, big things come out of it.

When such creative energy is combined with smooth communication and hard work, big things come out of it.

So let’s see what it takes to become a promising member of a highly successful team, and to get ahead of others together, to reach all your goals and exceed your boss’s expectations.

1. Organization

One of the major characteristics of such a team, and of each of its members separately, is good personal organization.

It means that you must know how to manage your time in the most effective way possible, how to structure your day around your most important tasks, how to work smart rather than hard, and how to – ultimately – build one system that will help the whole team level up on a daily basis.

When organized, there won’t be chaos, but clarity.

You’ll focus more easily, won’t procrastinate, will know exactly what to do at every moment and will build discipline as a result of such structure. All that will lead to massive results and building the discipline that will help you go through tough times.

2. Willingness to learn

Failure is part of the equation. The earlier you accept that, the better.

You and your team will make mistakes on the way. Most of the times, they will be more than the wins. But that’s how every successful person out there made it.

What you need to remember is to learn from each defeat, to know it’s valuable and makes you experienced and stronger. You don’t have time to dwell on what went wrong, but you do learn what not to do next time.

So let go of the mistakes after you’ve taken the lesson. And get out there and try again.

If a team consists of such members, it would be unstoppable.

3. Innovative thinking

There’s too much competition out there, but most of it isn’t quality.

People copy others, do what’s always been done and expect different results, don’t get their creative juices flowing, and don’t dare to take risks in terms of business ideas and challenging themselves.

Don’t be like them. Stand out from the crowd, regardless of whether you’re a team member or a leader, and try new things.

Get out of your comfort zone, be innovative, do stuff that’s never been done before, combine existing things from daily life in a unique way, use the team’s ideas in an unusual way to create something extraordinary.

In a world of mediocrity, that’s the only way to make a difference and be successful.

4. Communication

Now, that’s something most teams struggle with.

It’s not easy to listen more than you speak, to make compromises, ditch expectations, stop judging, read between the lines and be open to other people’s opinion no matter how ridiculous they may sound.

But, that’s exactly what you should learn to do when in a team.

Smooth communication is the foundation of keeping your common vision alive, taking action every day in the right direction and growing and learning together.

5. Adaptation

To be adaptive is to survive in today’s entrepreneurial world.

A startup, for instance, almost always exists in an uncertain environment.

Everything is changing.

Sometimes because of innovation and progress, other times because of unpredicted events. But how you react to that and what action you take next is a matter of choice.

One of the few things we have control over in our life is our attitude towards the things it throws at us.

Start by being okay with change, by accepting that it’s all one big journey and anything can happen. You can thrive in uncertainty too if you learn how to stay on the right path no matter what.

So when something unexpected happens, don’t let desperation or anxiety get in the way. Get yourself back together and try to think of a solution instead.

In time, you’ll also learn how to handle a crisis in the workspace.

6. Vision

Successful people are visionaries. They have an end goal and keep it in mind everywhere they go.

That’s how an effective team should be too.

The picture in each member’s mind must be so vivid, and so similar, that their motivation must be even stronger than the fear of failure or the other obstacles on the way to success.

If you don’t want it bad enough, you won’t stay consistent.

But if you visualize your goal every day, you’ll stay on track.

7. Responsibility

Imagine working in a team where everyone blames the rest of the members for anything that happens.

Now compare it to another group of people, who take responsibility and get to work instead of trying to find out whose fault it is.

The second team is more effective and will succeed in the long-term, no doubt about that.

But some people are just toxic, blaming is their way of thinking and the norm for them. First, you should look out not be like them.

Then, you must be direct when another team member blames too often and brings more negativity and stress in the group and let him know, give him advice, support him.

But if he keeps this attitude, maybe he’s not the right fit for this exact crew.

8. Collaboration

If you want to make the most of each one’s talents, skills and personal qualities, you’ll have to put your ego aside and work together.

Not everyone is good at fostering effective teamwork. Some people just can’t accept that they’re wrong, can’t trust others enough when working on a project, can’t feel comfortable when in a team.

But if you want to have a successful company, create products that will change people’s lives, and build a strong reputation, you should collaborate.

Don’t think too much about who’s a leader and who’s a follower. If you’re on the same page and determined to move forward, there’s nothing stopping you from gathering all your powers and resources and making the most of them together.

9. Proactivity

Nothing will really happen if you just attend meetings, listen to others, react to what happens, and are just a name in a list of team members.

You need to be active, to take initiative, to act in advance, propose ideas, make things happen and speak up.

10. Mindfulness

I’ve noticed that some teams tend to live in the future. It’s one thing to be setting specific goals, to prepare for what’s next and to visualize the end result. But it’s completely another to leave the present behind because of that.

Don’t let it happen. Know that today is when you can work on the tasks that will help you see progress.

Another mistake a team can be making is to overthink the past too much. You can go over your last mistake forever, or be disappointed because things didn’t go your way. But it’s smarter and more effective to just let that be, learn from it and focus on what you can do right now.

Mindfulness means being present, living consciously, knowing exactly what’s going on in this moment and staying alert.

11. Positivity

Being negative will get you nowhere.

But just imagine a team of optimists, who are always sure that tomorrow will be a great day, who welcome opportunities knowing each can turn into something big, and who don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves or having regrets.

Positivity can save you when you feel lost, hopeless or confused. It starts with appreciation, with thanking for what you’ve already achieved and for the chance to be part of that team.

But it’s also what can help you recover from burnout or defeat, get back on your feet and take action.

12. Commitment

Last but not least, you need to give it all or nothing.

You need to show up every day no matter how bad you feel, to make sacrifices for the greater good (like saying no to a party so that you can be up and running tomorrow morning and work on the next task with the team), to hustle, stay motivated and consistent.

If all members are committed to the group and its purpose, no external factor would be able to ruin that.

So that’s what it takes to make a team highly successful.

It may sound like a lot if you look at the big picture, but it all happens over time, through learning and growing together.

What do you think makes a highly successful team? Share your opinions in the comments.

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