Build team strengths

Recognising and using the strengths of everyone in the team.  Once in a team, each member has an individual responsibility for the well being and development of its members.  This means knowing strengths and weaknesses, building on the strengths by using them and praising them but also addressing the weaknesses by giving advice and support.  There is a requirement to hear the views of each individual and also to reflect the diversity of these views and respect by the whole team for them.


I understand that people should show respect to each other.  They should listen to what they say and look after each other.  Evidence could be me encouraging someone else.


I take into account the needs of others.  I can tell if someone is sad or happy and I can check they are OK.  I know what people are good at and what makes them feel happy.


When I work together in a team I make sure everyone is heard by sticking up for them or inviting them to speak.  I help to make sure everyone gets the jobs they want to do OR are best at.  My evidence will come from other team members explaining how I supported them.


For level 4 you need evidence that you can put yourself in other people’s position and see THE SAME argument from two different sides.  When two people are arguing can you can understand both points of view.  For evidence you could re-enact or explain when you used this skill to solve an argument in your team.


I have evidence that I can MIRROR.  This is about listening to someone and reflecting their feelings back to them.  I may use examples of times when I felt the same.  I know I have mirrored well if the person recognises themselves in what I say.  I can evidence doing this on video or explain when I used it to make people feel more listened to in my team.


I have found examples of the hundreds of tiny things that affect people every day.  For negative examples a snigger when someone is sharing how they feel or looking away when they are half way through a sentence.  For positive examples a pat; on the arm, smiles, and questions about how they are, remembering something that they said etc. I have found examples of these and can explain how they have helped to build or damage my team.


I understand the term ‘Ethos’.  I can give examples of ways in which I have improved the collaborative ethos of my team.  I actively prevent negativity, promote solutions and positive action and make sure every member of the team feels listened to and valued. For evidence you could use short video clips of each team member giving examples of how you have built their confidence or supported their ideas.


I am aware that some in my teams may be being treated differently simply because of others prejudice.  I understand the role that ‘jokes’ can play in putting people down for example.  I always challenge such behaviour and train others to do so also.  Your evidence could be from those whom you have empowered by making sure that others did not dominate meetings or the work place.


I have developed fair working practices like a head of human resources might do.  I have analysed why a team was not functioning well.  I have challenged key dominant people who were having negative impact on the esteem of others and have provided opportunities to praise and spread best practice.  I can give examples of when I have spotted potential in someone and given them the opportunities and conditions to excel.


Build team strengths


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