A good team requires different facets to work well together and compliment each other. There are many factors that can affect a teams cohesiveness which, in turn, will affect productivity, atmosphere and both internal and external relationships. A strong team will be able to overcome obstacles and work together to progress past any ‘glitch’ to get the team back in their stride and working well together. Four particular qualities that will move individuals from being colleagues to becoming a team and give the team a strong foundation to work collectively are good communication, mutual cooperation, strong management and clarity and awareness. We will look at these one by one.
Good communication can be demonstrated many different ways and is a quality that may need to be nourished to allow it to flourish. It often comes from management and progresses from that point down through the team. Team members should be willing to share their thoughts and ideas without fear of retribution or ridicule. Good communication allows the team to have the time to allow different opinions and different ideas to be voiced. Team members also listen effectively, support and trust one another. They deal with difficulties openly, honestly and constructively. This ensures that everyone on the team can be confident that they are working collectively.
Each individuals strengths, characteristics, skillset, experience and weaknesses are pooled together and put to use by the team. By the team working cooperatively each persons particular skillsets are used to the best of their ability and thus compliment each others. By knowing each individuals skillsets will allow effective role allocation as well as areas for further development. Team members will then successfully work together to generate innovative ideas and solutions.
A strong leader can develop a strong team. The team should feel supported by the management and feel that they can trust their leader at all times. Also the management is available and encourages regular meetings and reviews to assess goals, performance and what needs to be worked on. The management/team leaders role will be to continue both the individual and teams development.
Clarity and Awareness
Every member of the team is aware of their role and the role of others stopping any ‘stepping on toes’ from occurring. From the beginning of any task or project each team member knows their role, their objectives and who they will be working directly with. All of the objectives and processes are clearly mapped out and agreed upon mutually.