In the picturesque Dibra region of Albania, in one of the country’s poorest regions, rural women are rewriting their economic destinies. With the unwavering support of UN Women and the Swedish Government, the “Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Development” project is cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship among these women, helping them harness the power of teamwork to increase their income and unlock new opportunities.
Implemented since October 2013 by Albania’s Institute for Democracy and Mediation in partnership with local organization Agritra Vision, this transformative project recognized that individual efforts were insufficient to overcome these challenges. Crucially, the project emphasized the importance of teamwork to these aspiring female entrepreneurs. Majlinda Hoxha, Co-founder of the Dibra cluster and Director of Agritra Vision, explained that “Getting together as a group is an opportunity for these women to support each other in accessing the markets. Individually, it’s impossible”. She emphasized that individually, their dreams were nearly impossible to achieve. Through cooperative associations and self-organized groups, rural women farmers were brought together to leverage their collective strength.
The journey of these aspiring female entrepreneurs in agritourism is a testament to the significant role teamwork plays in their economic empowerment. Through collaboration and shared goals, they have unlocked new opportunities, improved their skills, and expanded their horizons. The “Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Development” project has not only increased their income but has also instilled in them the belief that together, they can achieve what was once considered impossible.
Teamwork skills are instrumental in not only achieving shared goals efficiently but also in navigating the inevitable challenges and conflicts that arise within groups.
Whether in the workplace or various aspects of life, teamwork skills play a pivotal role in leading a successful business while fostering an engaging group dynamic. While entrepreneurship often conjures the image of solo endeavours, the reality is that successful business ventures frequently rely on effective teamwork.
As an aspiring entrepreneur, honing your teamwork skills is crucial for the success of your ventures. Here are some ways you can accomplish that:
As an aspiring entrepreneur looking to enhance your teamwork skills, integrating the SMART Goal-Setting framework (Weintraub et al. 2021) is a valuable strategy. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Incorporating this framework ensures that your team’s objectives are clear and well-defined (Specific), that you can track progress and measure success (Measurable), that the goals are realistically attainable (Achievable), that they align with your business vision (Relevant), and that there are defined timelines for achievement (Time-bound). This framework provides a sense of direction and allows team members to track their progress, enhancing motivation and accountability, as every team member shares a common understanding of what needs to be achieved and how success will be measured.
Improving your teamwork skills also involves several strategic components, including the clear assignment of roles and responsibilities to team members. To accomplish this, begin by thoroughly understanding each team member’s strengths, expertise, and preferences.
Match these positive attributes with specific roles that capitalise on their capabilities. Establish a framework for accountability and communication, outlining what responsibilities each member has to manage individually but also which objectives members will have to collaborate on together. By continually monitoring and refining roles and responsibilities within the group members, you pave the way for improved collaboration and sustained entrepreneurial success.
Establish a framework for accountability and communication, outlining what responsibilities each member has to manage individually but also which objectives members will have to collaborate on together. This collaborative approach not only enhances teamwork but also cultivates a culture of mutual trust and shared ownership, where every team member plays a vital part in steering the venture toward accomplishing its goals. By continually monitoring and refining roles and responsibilities within the group members, you pave the way for improved collaboration and sustained entrepreneurial success.
Providing feedback is a multifaceted skill that fosters effective communication, supports personal and team development, and contributes to a positive and productive team environment.
It plays a vital role in providing team members with the necessary insights on how to improve and refine their skills, strengthening teamwork and driving the team toward its shared goals. When offering feedback, approach it with empathy and respect, emphasizing the goal of continuous improvement and shared success. Encourage team members to actively seek feedback from one another at every step. This constant cycle of improvement helps individuals and the team as a whole become more effective and efficient.
Inevitably, a big group of people will have a member who hinders group activity and does not value the importance of teamwork. Here are some typical behaviours of team blockers that you want to be aware of:
If you find a team member that is attempting to block the progress of the group, it’s important to talk to them about their behaviour. Rather than pushing them out, try to encourage them to participate and join in on the group.