Building a Team – The Basics

So you have a community project you would like to tackle. Or you need some new thinking about a program, or even a new way to get some valuable insight. Bringing a team of self-directed volunteers together could be a great way to start. You see, when you work with a self-directed team, you are giving them the challenge – and seeing what they can come up with to address the issue at hand.

It may seem a bit daunting. You may be thinking… What if I don’t like the ideas the team comes up with? What if the team members don’t get along?  I don’t have time to supervise a team!

Well, you may actually find that the team works on its own. With the appropriate training and start, a team can be well positioned to help your project, organization, or community to benefit from the best of group work, in a short period of time, and with a significant contribution that invigorates your volunteers and helps them to give in a new way.

You would be surprised to see the ways that different types of people can work together to learn new skills, contribute existing talents, and even help others to join the team.

What you will need to start is some interested people who would like to contribute to your organization in a new way and a key staff person who will be the champion of the team, help them to get off the ground, and be the liaison between the team and your organization. You will also want to identify a leader who can act as the team leader, this can be an existing volunteer or a new person who you would like to engage.

A great way to get started is to take the Readiness Assessment ( and see how you score to start.

Self-directed teams are a great way to tap into the talents in your community. Let’s get going!