As you work to build a team, keep these points in mind:
- Make an active practice and a reality in your department. Don’t pay lip service to it.
- Use teams to create action and to share the authority—not to spread the blame.
- Create working committees geared to results, but be careful to avoid the common problem of the committee: the inability to act.
- Always give authority with responsibility. Let your employees take ownership in their jobs.
- Remain available as a guide and a trainer, while allowing employees the room to apply their own creativity to getting the job done. Don’t allow “upward delegation” to destroy your efforts to create a true team.