Ever since my tour of duty in the Marine Corps, I have always aspired to be part of a great team. I have spent most of my career, regardless of what industry I was in, developing teams to help accomplish goals. Even if you work alone, you are still part of a team. Your vendors, clients, and support personnel all make up your team. And every team needs a leader. If you’re not leading your team, who is?

A great team will allow you to accomplish goals on a global level as well as within your organization. I call it “GO GREAT” – Global and Organizational Greatness! Making the decision to build a team will be the first step to new levels of success in your life and the lives of others. But, team building requires dedication and commitment. Teams rarely qualify as being “Great” on day one.

The team will require coaching and mentoring from a great leader. Course-correction will teach each of them how to tap into their full potential along the way. So what makes up a great team? There are four characteristics that great teams exemplify in their job duties, their leadership roles, their attitudes and behaviors, and in their ability to work together with all members of the organization.

Four characteristics of a GREAT Team:

1. Team members share the responsibility of ownership, leadership and growth.

2. Team members provide solutions for overcoming obstacles.

3. Team members commit to taking action.

4. Team members always exhibit positive energy.

Can you imagine the positive changes in your organization if a team of Great Thinkers displayed these four traits? In order to achieve global and organizational greatness, building a great team is not an option, it is a necessity. Building a great team is not something you try to do; it is something you do!

Here is the big question: How do you build a great team? A great team starts with a great leader. Think of all of the famous sports teams in the history of the world. They all had one thing in common – a great coach!

Being a part of a great team is an amazing experience. But being the leader of a great team is even better. I have led many teams that have achieved greatness, and each time it has been a personally rewarding experience. Achieving greatness for the benefit of others will change your life and the lives of those you help.

Knowing that you have made an impact in someone’s life is an unforgettable feeling. By helping others, you will move closer and closer to your greater purpose in life. Today, start forming your team.

Author's Bio: 

Erik is a leading authority on accomplishing life-changing goals, team-building, increasing sales results, and enhancing leadership skills - no matter what circumstances you face!

Combining his 4 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, 10 years of sales experience, and his responsibilities as his wife's caregiver, during her battle with cancer, he created the Think G.R.E.A.T. program and authored the Think GREAT book series, designed to help people achieve a greater life.

Erik has helped individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations to achieve greater results in taking initiative, creating sales opportunities, recruiting stronger, and building leaders. http://www.thinkgreat90.com