Effective leadership is essential when it comes to building a successful team. Leadership provides the ebb and flow necessary for a business to meet its goals, and provides reasoning for employees to communicate with one another and to ultimately become more productive. It is up to a leader to work with its team members to identify skill sets and personalities to form one cohesive and motivated team. Without teamwork, companies can face a toxic work environment, high turnover rate, and low levels of performance. Here are four strategies to help build an effective, successful team.

Reflect on your skills as a leader.

A successful team begins with a successful leader. Take some time to evaluate your own skill set and identify key areas of improvement. Hold yourself accountable, and ask for feedback from your team members when appropriate. It is also important that you foster an environment of honesty and transparency. If your team members trust in you and your judgment, they are more likely to be productive when you are not around. Adopting an open-door policy is one simple strategy that will make your team members feel more comfortable with communicating various ideas or concerns.

Build relationships with your team.

It can take time to get to know people and to build camaraderie. However, in doing so, you can get a good gage on how your teammates work together, communicate and strategize. Teams who spend time getting to know eachother better are more likely to work well together.

Team building events are beneficial for many teams as they provide a fun way for collaboration and cooperation outside of normal day to day work. Just as team building is essential for your team members to get to know each other, it is equally as important for you to spend the time building relationships with each of the individuals you work with.

Set rules and define roles and responsibilities.

Every individual has specific talents and skill sets in which they excel. As a leader, it is your role to identify those talents and assign roles accordingly. If done wisely, each member’s responsibilities will connect and be dependent on one another. Assigning responsibilities not only puts motivation into the employees work but makes them feel like a valued, important member of the team. Define rules, roles, and responsibilities early on to avoid future conflicts.

Acknowledge achievements.

In the day-to-day hustle, it can be easy for small victories to go unnoticed. Take the time each day to acknowledge achievements and to celebrate the successes of those in your team. It does wonders for boosting morale and encouraging a positive workspace. In fact, most employees are more motivated by recognition and appreciation than any other reward.