Building an Extraordinary Team Culture



In this age and time, we all recognize that an extraordinary team culture highly correlates to extraordinary output. In this blog post, we discuss the five major factors of how a leader can build an extraordinary team culture.

1. The positive psychology of the leader

Leaders must be hyperaware of their psychology and mindset when they are around their team. A leader who brings their personal problems to the office will unintentionally spread toxicity among the team and thus negatively impact the team culture and performance. A leader with an extraordinary psychology would think to themselves: “I am a winner. I will take my team with me to win and bring great value to the world”. At Step Up, we believe that success is 80% dependant on the psychology of the leader.

2. The constant communication between the leader and the team

A leader must “over-communicate” the vision, mission, and goals to the team to ensure clarity of goals. In some Japanese companies, a leader would meet with their team every start of the week and read their vision, mission, and goals out loud together to ensure all members are clear on the shared goals of the team which creates a positive pressure in the direction of growth.

3. Being the right fit for the company in the first place

When hiring, leaders must ensure that the hire has studied the company and its values and is aligned with them on a personal and professional level. This can be done through a rigorous hiring process to make sure that the hire is the right culture fit. Bringing members who do not believe in the company’s vision or are not open to mold into the company’s culture will lead to a silent failure culture.

4. Passion for success and the attitude of winning

The desire for success is internal to the hires and something that is difficult to inspire externally. A leader can keep motivating and inspiring their team members to have the desire to succeed and win but that can be difficult to sustain if the members don’t have the passion for it in themselves. In order to have a sustainable growing team culture, leaders must ensure that all team members have an internal passion for success before joining the team.

5. Flexibility is power

Any team designed for success is susceptible to change and exposed to constant change. Therefore, both leader and team members must be flexible enough to adapt to any change or hurdle. A rigid team with members who are not open to flexibility will only lead to mediocre output and eventually fail.