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Leadership in Team Building: Shaping a Strong Team Culture

Leadership in Team Building

In the world of business, it’s often said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. This sentiment, made famous by management consultant Peter Drucker, underscores the importance of a strong team culture in achieving organizational success. But how is this culture shaped? Two key factors stand out: leadership and team building. Leadership in team building is crucial for shaping a positive and productive team culture. For a comprehensive guide on team building, check out our definitive guide.

Key Takeaways

SectionKey Takeaways
The Role of Leadership in Shaping Team CultureLeadership sets the tone for team culture and influences it through setting the tone, communication, leading by example, accountability, and recognition and feedback.
The Current State of Team BuildingTeam building is essential for organizational success and is evolving to include virtual activities, a focus on diversity and inclusion, and customized approaches.
The Interplay of Leadership and Team Building in Cultivating Team CultureLeadership and team building work together to shape team culture, with leadership providing direction and team building activities reinforcing the values and behaviors set by the leader.

The Role of Leadership in Shaping Team Culture

Leadership plays a crucial role in shaping team culture. The way a leader communicates, behaves, and makes decisions can significantly impact the team’s overall work environment and the values and beliefs that shape their attitudes and behaviors. Here are five ways in which leadership in team building influences team culture:

1. Setting the Tone

Leaders set the tone for the team’s culture through their behavior and actions. If a leader values open communication, inclusivity, and accountability, then the team is likely to adopt these values and make them part of the team culture. Tools like the Strength Deployment Inventory can help leaders understand and shape team dynamics.

2. Communication

Effective communication is critical to establishing a healthy team culture. Leaders who communicate regularly and openly with their team members, provide constructive feedback, and encourage dialogue create an environment of trust and respect. For more insights on how communication influences team dynamics, check out our blog post.

3. Leading by Example

Leaders who model the desired behaviors and values are more likely to influence their team’s culture positively. For instance, if a leader wants their team to be collaborative, they should model that behavior by working collaboratively with their team members. Tools like the Myers-Briggs Test can help leaders understand their team members’ personalities better.

CHECK OUT: Myers & Briggs Test. Understanding Its Role In High-Performing Teams

4. Accountability

Leaders who hold themselves and their team members accountable for their actions create a culture of responsibility and ownership. This fosters a sense of trust and commitment to the team’s goals and creates a shared sense of purpose.

5. Recognition and Feedback

Leaders who recognize and celebrate their team members’ achievements and provide feedback help foster a positive culture of growth and improvement. This feedback helps team members understand their strengths and areas for improvement, enabling them to take ownership of their professional development. Check out these fun team building activities that can be used to celebrate team achievements.

The Current State of Team Building

Team building is an essential component of any successful organization. A cohesive team can collaborate more effectively, be more productive, and ultimately achieve better results. However, team building is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and the current state of team building reflects this reality. If you’re considering hiring a team building company, check out our guide on what to look for.

Traditional Team Building Activities

While traditional activities like trust falls and obstacle courses can be effective in building trust and communication, they may not be the right fit for all teams. It’s important to choose activities that are engaging, dynamic, and appropriate for the team’s context.

With the rise of remote work, teams are no longer limited by physical proximity. Virtual team building activities, such as online games and quizzes, have become increasingly popular. However, for the best results, a blend of virtual and in-person activities is recommended.

As organizations become more aware of the benefits of a diverse workforce, team building activities are being designed to celebrate and embrace differences. These activities can range from cultural events to interactive workshops that explore unconscious bias and promote empathy and understanding.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, organizations are tailoring team building activities to the unique needs and interests of their team members. By customizing team building activities, organizations can create a more engaged and motivated workforce.

HOW TO: Selecting the Best Team Building Company

The Interplay of Leadership and Team Building in Cultivating Team Culture

Leadership and team building are two sides of the same coin when it comes to shaping team culture. While leadership sets the tone and provides direction, team building activities provide the platform for these values and behaviors to be practiced and reinforced. Together, they create a synergistic effect that can significantly enhance team culture.


In conclusion, leadership in team building plays a significant role in shaping team culture. By setting the tone, communicating effectively, leading by example, holding themselves and team members accountable, and providing feedback and recognition, leaders can create a healthy work environment. Meanwhile, team building activities that are engaging, inclusive, and tailored to the team’s needs can reinforce these values and foster a strong team culture. For more strategies on building high-performing teams, check out our guide.

How Summit Can Help

At Summit, we exist to support leaders and teams in building a healthy team culture. Through our team building and training workshops, we provide experiences and equip leaders and teams with the skills and tools to build a healthy team culture. Contact us to start a conversation about how we can support your team’s healthy culture goals.

Scott Kress

Scott Kress is an accomplished climber and adventurer. He’s completed the 7 summits and skied to both the North and South Pole. His storytelling based on his adventures is captivating, but what sets Scott apart is his ability to weave his stories together with his 20+ years of leadership and team development education and experience. Scott is the president of Summit Team Building, and is passionate about helping teams grow and companies flourish.

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