Recently, a physician leader shared a valuable perspective, stating, “I think one of the most challenging aspects of [our role] is how to guide teams in a way that supports the ‘by us and not at us’ approach while still ensuring we are meeting the objectives set by senior leadership. That being said, I wholeheartedly agree that when team members feel like their input is heard and valued, they are more engaged and provide better care.”
And she’s absolutely right–research shows that there is a clear correlation between team members understanding goals, implementing self-management techniques, and achieving increased outcomes.
That can feel easier said than done. Try these three tips to set your team on the path to shared ownership.
#1: Instill a Sense of Purpose Through Goal Alignment
Skill building should align with a shared vision. When teams understand how their skills contribute to overarching organizational goals, a sense of purpose emerges. Leaders can achieve this by customizing skill-development programs that directly correlate with the strategic objectives of their organization. This not only enhances the skill set of team members but also reinforces the idea that each person plays a vital role in achieving broader success.
#2: Empower Through Communication Skills
Effective communication lies at the heart of collaborative healthcare teams. By investing in skill building programs that emphasize active listening, clear articulation, and empathetic engagement, leaders equip their teams to communicate seamlessly.
This not only strengthens internal collaboration but also instills a sense of being heard and valued. When team members feel confident in expressing their ideas and concerns, it sets the foundation for a culture where everyone’s input contributes to collective success.
#3: Foster a Continuous Learning Culture
Encourage a mindset of continuous improvement through ongoing skill-building initiatives. Provide resources, training, and mentorship opportunities that allow team members to continually refine their skills. When leaders invest in the growth and development of their teams, it sends a powerful message that the organization is committed to supporting its people. A culture of continuous learning not only enhances individual capabilities, but also contributes to the collective expertise of the entire healthcare team.
Building Team Ownership Starts with Skill Building
By empowering teams through aligning goals with purpose, effective communication, and fostering a culture of continuous learning, leaders can transform their organization into hubs of collaborative excellence.
The path to achieving organizational objectives becomes smoother when every team member is not just a participant but an active owner of their collective success. Interested in building collective success at your organization? Contact us to get started.
Katie Pothireddy is on the marketing team at Practicing Excellence.