Qualities of a Good Team
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Throughout life, people participate on teams. These might be sports, business or school-related. It’s critical for any type of team to be successful, and each team’s success depends on individual members interacting well as a group. There are certain qualities found across the board that make up good teams.
It’s important for all of the team members to participate in every stage of the process. Each member should have a defined job that affects the outcome of the goal. Team members need to feel important and understand their value to the group.
All team members should be able to communicate with the group and individuals within the group. If there’s anything they don’t understand, they should feel free to ask questions and seek clarification. All of the members should be able to contribute ideas and listen to others who have valuable contributions. There should be updates as often as needed in order to keep the team on task.
Trust and Commitment
Because all of the team members have specific jobs, they need to trust that others are doing their part. In order to obtain trust from others, each person should follow through with what he has agreed to do. Having a sense of commitment to the group and its goals helps build trust.
Each member of an effective team should have defined jobs that are clear to that person and understood by others. If there is any overlapping of responsibility, the team members need to accept that the ultimate goal cannot be achieved alone. Each team member’s skills should be used to reach the goal and enhance the good of the group.
Positive but Realistic Outlook
Members of a good team should maintain a positive attitude yet be realistic about what is possible. When one tactic doesn’t work, the team needs to focus on how to change effectively. Failing at a single task isn’t going to take down a good team, but the failure of knowing when to switch to an alternate plan might.
A good team will do periodic evaluations to determine whether the plan is working. The team members should be updated on each new evaluation and given the opportunity for comments.
Calculated Risks and Movement
Successful teams will take calculated risks, but they also know when to accept that something isn’t working. An effective team works with fluid movement and refuses to stagnate.
Most successful team members know something about the other members. This provides an opportunity to connect outside the task, understand motivation and strengths of others and develop mutual respect.
Debby Mayne started writing professionally in 1992. Her work has appeared in regional parenting magazines and she has been managing editor of the magazine, "Coping with Cancer." She was also fashion product information writer for HSN. During college, Mayne worked as an instructor at a fitness center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in health, PE and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.