Having that shared purpose
A team only becomes a true team when they have a shared purpose, a mission which they all own and feel responsible for. Without it they are only a work group, not a team. This makes getting a team to go in the same direction one of the most important tasks of its leader.
As a leader you need to show the team, very clearly, what direction to go in – and what’s at the end of that direction – the mega goal that you are here to achieve together. This is as true for a functional, long-term team as it is for project teams. Team members have an important role to play too, it is their responsibility to help create the team direction together with their leader.
Without it team members may make up their own direction, often well-intended but never as succinct or aligned as the purpose and direction need to be. It easily takes team members off track, focusing on the wrong things, creating re-work and costing money.
Here are some practical Solutions for getting your team to go in the same direction: