It’s no secret that high-performing companies have high-performing teams. But how do you build such a team in your organization?

At Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, where we specialize in the exacting niche of short-run molding, our most crucial asset is an engaged workforce. Based on decades of cultivating the team we need to succeed, here are some insights on how to do the same for your organization.

1. Start with the core ideas.

Clearly defining and communicating your company’s vision, mission and values are essential. While this is typically recommended for employee alignment and buy-in, its ability to empower employees isn’t as widely recognized.

For example, Donnelly’s mission is “to deliver good products on time.” Therefore, if ever there is a question of what to do in a given situation, employees at any level can make the right decision based on answering the question, “does this solution help deliver good products, on time?”

2. Develop leadership skills.

Understand that leadership is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. This applies to all levels and functions of your organization.

Seek to offer practical sessions teaching leadership giving people tools they can immediately use on the job.