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Managing a project team of diverse individuals is not an easy task. Maintaining positive environment in the project team can help harness creativity and producitivty. Read on to learn about how you can create a positive project team.

Have you ever been part of a team where motivation and morale were high?

If you have, chances are that most days you were happy coming in to work. You had fun collaborating with your colleagues, and, together, you were able to come up with some great ideas. Because of your focus and enthusiasm, you probably did some of your best work with this group.

Teams that are highly motivated and positive are not only fun to be part of, but they also accomplish far more than teams that are struggling with morale.

This is why it’s so important that, as a leader, you strive to build a positive team. In this article, we’ll show you how!

The Benefits of a Positive Team

Research shows that positivity can make a real difference to people’s success and well-being.

In one study, researchers found that happy individuals are more successful in many areas of their lives (especially in their careers) compared with individuals who struggle with happiness and positive thinking. Another study showed that positive individuals are healthier, and are better able to bounce back from negative events.

Other studies show how much of an impact positivity has on people’s ability to think creatively, progress their careers, cope with challenges, and work with other people. Positivity is an essential ingredient for success!

Positivity also brings longer-term benefits. Barbara Fredrickson, professor and social psychologist, created the Broaden and Build Theory to explain how positive emotions can broaden our behaviors over time. According to Fredrickson, the more positive emotions you experience, the likelier you are to exhibit other positive behaviors, such as curiosity, awareness, discovery, and creativity – all essential for successful innovation. This is true for individuals, as well as for groups.

Becoming a Positive Leader

Teams often become positive because they have a positive leader. This is why focusing on your own happiness, well-being, and emotional intelligence is the first step in creating a great team.

Martin Seligman, a leading positive psychologist, developed the PERMA Model to illustrate the five essential elements that you need in order to be happy. PERMA is an acronym that stands for:

  1. Positive emotion.
  2. Engagement.
  3. Positive Relationships.
  4. Meaning.
  5. Accomplishment/Achievement.

Start by thinking about how you can increase each of these elements in your life. Spend some time reading our article on PERMA and taking action – the more of these things you can bring to your life, the happier you’ll be!

Next, stop and think about the work that you do. Do you know what your strengths are? And how often do you get to use these strengths?

Our work is most satisfying when we can use our unique abilities in a way that makes a real difference to someone else, or to our organization. First, conduct a Personal SWOT Analysis to discover your strengths. Then, use the MPS Process (MPS stands for Meaning, Pleasure, and Strengths) to see how you can use your strengths to bring more meaning and pleasure to your career.

Last, work on your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a vital leadership skill, because it gives you an awareness of your own emotions, as well as for the feelings and the needs of others.

Emotionally intelligent leaders understand what their emotions are telling them, and, because of their inner strength and awareness, they don’t take out their own negative emotions on their people. This is definitely a skill that you should cultivate if you want to lead a positive team!

This article was originally published on Mind Tools. Read the full articles here: Building a Positive Team.

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by: Sharmeen Hussain

Updated: 17 October 2012/ Responsible Officer: Director, IS / Page Contact: ITS Project Office