Characteristics of Successful Teams
Successful teams share common characteristics. For example, they focus on goals, are clear about the roles of each member, communicate effectively, make decisions together, and managed conflict. Learn all the ten characteristics of successful teams.
You. can assess your team against these ten characteristics.
1. Clear Goals
Clear goals help a team know when it has been successful by deﬁning precisely what the team is doing and what it wants to accomplish.
2. Defined Roles
Deﬁned roles help team members understand why they are on a team. When the members experience conﬂict, it may be related to their positions.
3. Open Communication
Most team problems are the results of poor communication or lack of communication skills, such as listening well or providing constructive feedback.
4. Decision Making
Effective decision-making is essential to a team’s progress. Teams tasked to solve problems should also have the power and authority to implement solutions.
5. Managed Conflict
Managed conﬂict ensures that problems are not swept under the rug. The team welcomes members’ points of view about an issue and recognizes a well-managed conﬂict as a healthy way to bring out new ideas and solve whatever seems unsolvable.
6. Valued Diversity
Valued Diversity is at the heart of building a team. Team members are valued for their unique contributions to the team. Diversity of thinking, ideas, methods, experiences, and opinions helps create a high-performing team.
7. Balanced Participation
Balanced participation means that each team member joins the discussion when their contribution is pertinent to the team assignment. Everyone’s opinions are sought and valued by others on the team.
8. Cooperative Relationships
Team members know that they need one another’s skills, knowledge, and expertise to produce something together that they could not do as well alone. Cooperative relationships are the hallmark of high-performing teams.
8. Positive Atmosphere
A team must have a climate of trust and openness, that is, a positive atmosphere. A positive atmosphere indicates that members of the team are committed and involved.
10. Participative Leadership
Participative leadership means that leaders share the responsibility and the glory, are supportive and fair, create a climate of trust and openness, and are good coaches and teachers. In addition, leaders are good role models, and that leadership shifts at various times.
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