Because you are reading this article, chances you are a purpose-driven person. Like you, we at Lead with the Lights On care about healthy relationships in business and teams, and our mission-driven business community wants a conscious ecosystem at work and in its environment. You probably want your business to be a tool for social change in some way as well.

Do you know how to get the most out of your teams when the usual (and sometimes unusual) stresses of business arise? Read on to learn three effective ways to increase the synergy and effectiveness of your team in any situation.

1) Take Responsibility

Conscious leaders take responsibility. Yet how many people recognize themselves to be a conscious leader? Chances are you already are, but what does this look like in terms of your business?

One aspect is taking responsibility. Systems change expert Peter Senge talks about people having an “inflated sense of independence” in nearly every aspect of their lives when in actuality, everything is mostly interdependent. This is often the “gap” teams experience when they are not functioning at a level greater than the sum of their parts. Within a high-functioning team, however, everyone takes ownership for the shortcomings and the success of the team.

2) Know your Team

 A responsible team member knows and understanding every team member. There are many tools out there that can support a deeper understanding of each other. Some examples include Myers-Brigs, DISC, or our own Conscious Temperaments.

Regardless of what methodology you use, be sure to apply the recommendations consistently. Test them out to find what is useful and effective for you. Someone with a Fire Temperament, for example, should not use force nor ultimatums when trying to motivate someone with an Earth/Water Temperament. This will oppose what the Fire person intended in the first place.

3) Prepare for stress

Learn and understand how people react to stress and challenges beforehand. This builds off knowing your team by not waiting for a critical situation to learn how everyone handles pressure. In these situations some people take action quickly. Others become paralyzed or frenetic and are ineffective while others take a slower whole-picture approach, which can look like inaction.

Put it into practice

By applying these three tips, you will set a solid foundation to increase the effectiveness of your team. You can also go deeper into each of these tips and others to foster a culture of true resilience in your organization.

Katy Bray

Throughout her childhood, Katy had experienced extreme trauma. By the time she was 19 years old she was on a variety of medications to help her out of PTSD, depression, and agoraphobia. It was an ordinary moment that would miraculously change her life forever: She had the thought, “I got myself into this, I can get myself out.” This lead to her journey into her own healing and woke up the part of her that needed to support others in moving through life’s challenges through developing resiliency. She became a Vedic Master, Health Coach, and Certified Life Coach. In her extensive 11-year career in teaching others resilience and synergy, she has had the privilege to work with John’s Hopkins Hospital, John’s Hopkins University, and the Department of Aging of Baltimore County. As an entrepreneur for 15 years, she has come to truly value the need for resilience and synergy in all business ventures and has developed a deep passion in working with the conscious leaders of the world with full faith that it is this group of individuals that will change the climate of the world.

She is co-founder of Lead with the Lights on.

Zeb Severson

Co-founder, Lead With the Lights On

Difficult circumstances don’t have to bring people down. Zeb learned this after going through several deployments with the US Army and individually as a contractor. He has cared for loved ones with mental disorders, and cared for his daughter who was born extremely premature (she’s now 14). Through all of that he wanted to rise way beyond any circumstance not just survive. He has experience running communications for thousands of people in a global networks, which gave him a unique ability to identify what is working and what is not within an organization’s ecosystem. He can observe how various members of a staff behave and interact with others and the company as a whole, offering fresh insight into how to make the workplace synergize better.