Strong relationships create stronger (and more effective) teams.


In today’s world leadership is measured by the strength of our business relationships and our ability to create teams that thrive.

When team members share a common vision, support the attainment of shared goals, and appreciate and leverage the “magic dust” (skills and abilities) of each team member, relationships blossom and successes are more readily attained.

Per Patrick Lencioni: Teamwork is the state achieved by a group of people working together who trust one another, engage in healthy conflict, commit to decisions, hold one another accountable, and focus on collective results.

TRUST – A team needs to be comfortable with being vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and behaviors. Trust grows when relationships are strong!

CONFLICT – A team needs to share their passions, disagree, and challenge and question one another.  The stronger the relationships, the healthier the conflict!

COMMITMENT –   A team buys into important decisions (even if they initially disagree) once all ideas and opinions have been considered. Strong relationships promote buy-in!

ACCOUNTABILITY –  A team does not rely on their leader to be the primary source of accountability but rather deals with their peers directly. Strong relationships build comfort levels creating the ability to discuss missed deliverables and mistakes, and encourages ownership.

RESULTS –   Teams that trust one another, engage in conflict, commit to decisions and hold one another accountable are more likely to put aside their individual needs and focus on what is best for the team as a whole. When relationships are strong, team needs become the priority!

As a leader are you helping build relationships within your team? Do you:

  • Encourage team members to inspire one another and show appreciation for one another’s accomplishments?
  • Allow for innovation and risk and accept that errors will occur?
  • Communicate priorities, successes, and “misses”?
  • Invest in understanding and sharing customer needs and how the team can help?   
  • Use humor and add fun to the work environment?
  • Build time into meetings allowing team members to share non work-related stories?

When relationships are created within teams, a bond is formed, work becomes more enjoyable, levels of effectiveness increase, and goals are more readily attained.

Create opportunities to build and strengthen relationships within your team!


Mike and Jan

Unity is strength … when there is teamwork and collaboration (and strong relationships), wonderful things can be achieved.
–Mattie StepanekAmerican poet and peace ambassador

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