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Contrary to many people’s beliefs, it takes much more than gathering a bunch of smart people together to create a high-performing team. Team members must have a common goal in mind and be willing to collaborate in creative ways in order for success. Additionally, in some instances they must be willing to step out of their comfort zones and be dedicated to contributing equally to the group’s success.

Here are five ways to build an effective team.

Define The Purpose

The team’s goals should be stated clearly, so everyone is on the same page. Specifically, what is it that you want to make or alter? What exactly does everyone’s position on the team entail? A leader who can articulate a compelling vision for the future may help a team overcome obstacles and make the right choices.

Assembling The Team

Individuals in high-performing teams are committed to the shared goal, confident in the value of their contributions and driven always to provide their very best. Trust, respect and support should permeate the bonds between teammates.

Pick people with different perspectives and expertise to add to the group’s overall strength.

Determine The Goals

After a team has been formed and rallied behind a common objective, break the overall vision into more attainable sub-goals and specific assignments.

Provide a timeline of events detailing the tasks that must be completed along with any agreed-upon benchmarks and assigned roles. Determine who will do what on the team. Check in regularly to ensure that the set timelines are being met and the team is on track to reach the agreed upon goal.

Setting Expectations

Define a code of behavior for the group to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them. Will there be consistent and regular open, honest and transparent contact? Will people feel supported, appreciated and acknowledged for their efforts?

Maintaining a high level of professionalism and civility within the group is possible by establishing ground rules from the beginning then sticking to them.

Monitor and Evaluate

Check the team’s progress regularly via meetings and informal check-ins to ensure things are moving smoothly. How are they doing?  Any setbacks? These are questions worth asking.

What progress have they made? What are some ways in which everyone can become better? When progress is tracked and evaluated, it’s possible to make necessary changes and enhancements.

A well-functioning team has strong bonds, clearly defined goals, trust, respect and dedication to each other. When a team becomes successful, the team members feel fulfilled.