There can only be a maximum of 10 team ambassadors in a school at full discretion to the lead ambassador. A powerful and successful community operates best when ambassadors work with a team mentality, with each team member filling a needed role. Having a small team to help run day-to-day activities makes building the community manageable and more effective. Team ambassadors are responsible for specific departments. Such departments include:
- Social media
Here are some guides in building your awesome team:
- Set goals: I4G HQ has a general mission for all communities. Our mission is to inspire, empower, and connect African youths in Tech. But, each school/city has to have a set of well-defined short and long-term goals that identify uniquely to your own community. Having goals will set a firm foundation for your team. Celebrate your successes and failures.
- Focus on roles: Having a thorough selection can have a long-term effect on your goals. So, I will advise you to choose your team members well. Invest in people who have both the personality and qualifications to connect with other team members and deliver results. Value each role, you are free to give them titles to help identify their roles and responsibilities. Define roles but allow for flexibility. How you want to implement structure is up to you.
- Embrace diversity: If you want to build a team that’s creative and innovative, the worst thing you can do is stack the team with people who are too similar. Diversify in terms, course, level, gender, etc. A more diverse team creates great ideas and innovation.
- Communication: This cannot be over-stressed. Keep a level of transparency whenever possible with all team members. You can create a group for easy communication with apps like WhatsApp or slack. Encourage a culture in which team members keep everyone informed on progress or roadblocks, and provide support and assistance without explicitly being asked.
- Preach H.A.C.K: Our values have been carefully chosen for a reason. Help others, add values, connect, and keep growing. These are values that you want to hold amongst your team members. Above all, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
There are Team Building activities that you can practice to help smoothen the process:
- A Hangout: Having a physical fun day or a picnic is a great way to spend quality time together as a team. Any event or activity that your team can attend as a group will help bond them.
- Inviting external guests: This can also be a great way to invite an experienced facilitator to help organize team team-building activities and sessions. Any members of the I4G HQ are great examples of guests you can invite.
- Be creative with your activities: Activities such as Ice-breakers, games, group brainstorming, discussion topics, cooperative assignments e.t.c
Note that, successful teams can be more productive than individual contributors.