Studies show that commitment is very important for teams. A 2013 study demonstrated that high performing organisations have higher levels of commitment than low performing organisations. Sixty seven percent of people surveyed in high performing organisations reported having a sense of shared commitment and responsibility, as opposed to the 43% of those surveyed in low performing organisations who reported the same.
Teams that have high levels of shared commitment:
- Create clarity around direction and priorities;
- Align the entire team around a common objective;
- Learn from mistakes;
- Take advantage of opportunities before competitors do; and
- Change direction quickly based on changing needs.
Teams that struggle with commitment:
- Maintain ambiguity in the team about direction and priorities;
- Miss opportunities due to excessive analysis;
- Inspire lack of confidence and fear of failure;
- Revisit the same problems again and again; and
- Foster an environment of blaming others.
Some ways in which leaders can increase shared commitment within a team are listed below:
- Provide clear and understandable team goals.
- Choose people who work well with others and identify their strengths.
- Encourage an open flow of communication. Be transparent.
- Truly empower team members to be able to do their jobs.
- Make time for social get-togethers.
- Encourage a culture of ideas sharing.
- Build a culture of ownership and accountability.
- Celebrate small and big wins.
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