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Internal Cohesion

Internal cohesion in the context of leading others is about building the team’s capacity for collective action.

You as the leader of the team have to create an “all for one and one for all team spirit” where all team members operate with the same sense of mission, the same set of values, and each individual is focused on achieving a set of objectives that support the team’s goals.

Your job is to manage the team culture and the team environment so the team can fulfil its mission and team members find a sense of personal fulfilment.

Above all else you have to develop a climate of trust. If your team does not trust you to care for their needs, and be there for them when they need you, you will never be able to create the level of internal cohesion required for creating a high-performance team.

Your primary roles as the leader of the team are to care for your people and produce results. To create internal cohesion in a team, you first need to create your own internal cohesion by becoming authentic and learning how to lead yourself. You will need to pay attention to the following:

  • Giving your team a clear sense of direction, and creating an environment that supports them on their journey means:
  • Defining a mission for your team
  • Creating a set of shared values
  • Defining a set of behaviours that support the shared values
  • Reducing the cultural entropy of your team (the degree of dysfunction)

In certain situations it may also be appropriate for the team to have a vision. This depends on the context of the team. A functional team or a team that is centred in a particular location will usually be operating as part of an organisation that has a prescribed vision. The team’s mission should support the organisation’s vision. The organisational vision is shared by all teams in the organisation, but each functional or location-based team can and should have its own mission.

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