The 8 Signs of a Great Team

Teamwork is an essential competency in today’s business world. It is an important ingredient of successful organizations, and for that reason it’s important for everyone to work successfully with one another. Effective
teamwork doesn’t just happen—it takes good problem-solving skills, decision making, communication and
interpersonal skills.

Making a great team requires a whole new set of soft skills that don’t come easily. Members have to be able to voice their opinions, deal with aggressive personalities, work through differences and — above all — take personal responsibility for delivering results. So how do you know if your team is working together at a Championship level? These eight signs are a good indication…


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1. People who are on a team know they are dependent on each other and understand that personal and team goals are important. By realizing this, team members’ time and effort are not wasted squabbling over tasks and attempting to achieve personal gain at the expense of others.

ThinkstockPhotos-1742772332. When individuals work as part of a team, they work in an atmosphere of trust and are encouraged to openly express themselves during team meetings. This type of environment also encourages team members to ask questions and be more creative in solving problems a team might encounter.

3. Members of a team feel a sense of ownership for their jobs and team because they have made a personal investment into the team. They are more willing to focus on being successful for the team’s sake than if they were part of a group where they would approach any task as if they were simply hired help.

4. Teams encourage individual members to apply their individual talent and knowledge to team objectives; thus, members contribute to the organization’s success

5. All team members practice open communication with each other. They ensure they understand each other. This helps to foster a climate of trust among the team members. Group members tend to be very careful about what they say, fearful of upsetting their supervisor.

6. ThinkstockPhotos-517407678Members of a team are encouraged to learn on the job, constantly learning and developing new skills. Teams are very supportive of team members who are willing to learn and become more efficient, since this can directly affect the overall performance of a team and often determine if they are successful or fail. Group members do have the opportunity to learn new skills, but they can apply them only at the discretion of their supervisor.

7. Team members are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process that might impact the team but understand that the team leader will make the final decision when they cannot find a solution. Compared to teams, groups do not participate in the decision-making process.

8. Any conflicts that occur in a team environment are resolved quickly and constructively. Team members are more comfortable being open with each other, since they are encouraged to freely communicate with each other. Groups are unable to solve conflicts without the intervention of a supervisor, which can lead to serious damage to the group as a whole and cause conflict among group members.

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