10 "key" characteristics of WORK teams

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Effective teamwork is what makes organizations successful. Whether it's a band, a baseball team, or a Fortune 500 company, chemistry is at the heart of what makes great teams. Much of modern business thinking is focused on understanding the chemistry of what makes effective teamwork work. And the best way to learn... is by doing, as Confucius says.

An important leadership competency for organizations of any size, the ability to create and lead high-performing teams is especially critical in small and medium-sized businesses. Here, people must work closely together, in sync, and work effectively across the organization to get tasks done fast enough to remain competitive.

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Characteristics of successful work teams, the ones that really work



  1. clear direction: Yes, it is about a clear sense of purpose and measurable goals. This unifies the group and each team member knows why the group exists. Unfortunately, companies are often in such a rush to get their projects moving forward that they bring groups of people together without deciding on the objectives and desired results. A clear objective is a fuel that drives the effort of each member. First, you need to realize and communicate the team's goals and desired results. Use them for clear direction for the team you select, and leave it up to the team to develop the best way to get there.
  2. Open doors and clear communication: Communication is crucial to creating a sense of camaraderie among team members. Clear and transparent communication is when the team can communicate effectively and there is a sense of open communicative relationships among all members of the group. All issues are handled through face-to-face communication and team members don't speak behind each other. Keep the door open so your coworkers are with you. The more freely you talk with your team members, the more comfortable you'll be sharing ideas and insights. This is one of the reasons modern businesses emphasize communication and collaboration tools. Here, it is important to add a couple of words about listening. It is not only a way of finding out things, but also a sign of respect. Listen as you say it and show that you are listening.
  3. Mutual responsibility: High performing teams accept responsibility as individuals and as a team. Team members should not blame each other for mistakes and failures. And no one should spend time on personal justifications. Any success should be celebrated together.
  4. Team confidence: The truth is that team members who cannot trust each other or who do not believe in the defined goals of the team are rarely successful. Focusing on solving problems comes naturally to effective teams. There can be trust between team members only if they can freely translate their opinions. That's why managers and team leaders often conduct team-building exercises and problem-solving activities that put everyone in positions of trust.
  5. having fun: Permanent work can lead to burnout and lack of productivity, so it's important for any team to have time to have fun and relax. It shouldn't be just work and not play. Collaborative groups that work particularly well together should enjoy each other's company and meet outside of the office at times to socialize and have fun. Such creative and positive relationships with colleagues can create a much more relaxed environment and reduce conflict.


  6. Collaborative Spirit: The more you collaborate and communicate, the more you create and the better products you'll get. Close, close collaboration is a trait shared by every high-performing team. It can be difficult, especially if some members have strong personalities. Successful teams tend to have strong leaders who are able to keep everyone on the same page while minimizing petty bickering.
  7. decision making: There is a built-in decision-making system and hierarchy in any effective team. They help teams to react quickly and effectively to all situations. Each member is respected for various areas of expertise, and the leader obtains input from members to formulate the group's response.
  8. Efficient use of ideas: Generating ideas is the crucial skill for all teams. Brainstorming is one of the ways to find the solution to a problem. Each team member should be able to propose information and formulate that information in a response.
  9. playing by the rules: Any team must have a set of rules that determine their operating procedures and act. This set helps keep the team on track and removes any ambiguity. It means that everyone has to agree to the rules beforehand.
  10. Defined roles: Teams require skill sets, specific roles, and thinking styles. If needed to develop a new product, the team will need a detail-oriented person who can keep the team on track. An explorer is also an important role because he can be more of a thinker who can help the team see what's possible. There is also a need for a person who is responsible for measurement and metrics.


Of course, your team can have other roles, but you should have a good handle on those roles before you start managing the team.



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