Effective teams make work a more positive place and increase motivation and morale. When a team has a sense of belonging, identity and connection, it enables the different individuals to pull together, for the common aim. We can all recognise teams that are ineffective and are not working to the same aims and goals.
You may have worked in an ineffective team at times and can remember how it affected your performance. How demotivating and demoralising it can be. We can all recognise it in politics and sport, when a team becomes ineffective, it lacks direction and fractious. This can often be down to poor leadership or the fact that the team members are so different or have varying agendas, they are never going to work together in an effective manner.
If a team is going to be effective, the team must consider a range of issues as to how it works it and they way it handles certain situations. These include:
Team Effectiveness - Characteristics
An effective and well-balanced team should possess a range of skills, so that the different roles within the team can be fulfilled. Some of the skills that are needed include:
Each member of the team should be aware of the skills possessed both by themselves and by the others within the team.