How the Team Health Checklist Can Help You Be a More Effective Leader

As a leader, it is your job to check in on your team’s health. And, at the risk of sounding cheesy, administer the right medicine when needed.

It’s easy to spot a dysfunctional team – lack of trust; avoidance of accountability; no focus. Using the Team Health Checklist and practising the five functions of a healthy team based on the wok of Patrick Lencioni, can cultivate a positive and engaging work culture, and set you up for leadership success.

1. Trust
Healthy teams admit their weaknesses and mistakes; ask for help; and accept questions about their areas of responsibility. They also give the benefit of the doubt; focus on results, not politics; offer and accept apologies without hesitation; and look forward to collaboration.

2. Healthy Conflict
Efficient teams welcome lively and healthy discussions and meetings. They extract ideas and goals of all team members; solve problems quickly; and put critical topics on the table for discussion.

3. Strong Commitment
Creating clarity around direction and priorities is important for leaders to do in order to maintain a healthy team culture. Help employees align around a common objective and encourage them to be innovative and build on their skills. Doing so will allow teams to develop an ability to learn from mistakes; move forward without hesitation and change direction more efficiently.

4. Effective Accountability
Successful leaders hold their teams to high standards but eliminate the presence of excessive bureaucracy. Instead, they provide support for development; help identify potential problems more quickly and ensure poor performance is improved thoroughly.

5. Collective Results
Healthy teams focus on retaining achievement-oriented employees and minimize individualistic behaviour. They also share success and failures communally and avoid placing blame.

Leaders have the influence to create teams that are not only focused on bottom line results, but also on ones that impact the overall company culture. Choose to be a leader that makes it easy for their employees to thrive. It will make for a much healthy working environment.