Business Teams: Why Focus on the Individuals Not just the Leaders

Business Teams: Shifting Focus from Leaders to Individuals

It’s 2018 and, over the last few years, the structure of business has been flipped on its head. At one time, business stressed a certain reverence and ambition for the hierarchy of roles within a company. Now, there’s less reverence for hierarchy and more…teamwork. It’s the era of popular startups, open office plans, company perks, and business teams. Employees are being lauded for their individual strengths, and companies are finding ways to combine employee assets into powerful teams that drive success forward.

While it’s proving to be a positive shift in business, many companies are finding it difficult to manage the restructuring. How do you coordinate company goals, maintain a certain culture, and ensure productive outcomes, when there isn’t a clear top-down structure?

There are few business attributes that many companies are finding to be the ticket to their business team restructuring success.


Creating a clear culture is an essential step to any successful business. Strong company culture affects work morale, work ethic, employee investment, employee relationships, etc. When leadership takes a bit of a backseat for teams to work more laterally, it’s important to have clear company values. Implement a few values that embody the purpose and the persona you envision for your company. Help your teams take stock in these values and their understanding of your culture will show up in every project they work on.


Being transparent in team goals will not only keep projects on track, but it will keep the company on track. No need to have leadership constantly hovering when everyone knows what teams are working towards and where they are in that process. Keep transparency in feedback, as well. Where are the issues? Where is the room for improvement? Everyone should have fair opportunity to speak up and help the company find success.


Upward movement isn’t necessarily the end goal anymore, but recognition and validation are still just as important. Don’t forget to reward those who do well. See individuals for who they are and what roles they play in a successful business team.

As leadership structure shifts to be more business team based, think of it like sports. The company is the coach, and while it can encourage culture, offer feedback with transparency in goals, and give recognition, the team is still free to make its own successful moves.


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