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Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation

If the tools and techniques to build morale, pride, and spirit are to be effective, a two-part foundation must be present. These two components are essential in building any team. If they are not part of the team’s culture, the efforts suggested here would have only limited success. The leader plays a key role in establishing both of these components, and—ideally—so does the team.

The first component is an easily understood and routinely emphasized vision, mission, and goals. The process of casting and selling a vision is viewed as one of the most important actions any leader can take in any setting. Team involvement at this stage provides an excellent opportunity for a meaningful shared experience. The vision, mission, and goals should be written, constantly reinforced by leadership, and clearly understood by every member. Many teams have a vision, mission, and goals, but because they are never emphasized, it is as if they do not exist. Having a clear vision, mission, and goals


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