Do You Have a Strong Team?

What’s the difference between a group and a team?

The main difference — a team is working together to accomplish a common goal.

Having a common goal is one of the eleven critical components of an effective team.

A team has to have a common goal; otherwise they are not a team. Your team needs to be able to answer the questions:

  • stronger_togetherWhat is our purpose? Why have we come together as a team? Or why were we assigned together as a team?
  • What do we need/hope to achieve? Maybe it’s a short term achievement, or one that’s ongoing. Either way, you need to know what it is that you need to accomplish.
  • Do we all have an interest/passion for it? This one is tricky — but important. If you are a team because of the position you hold, but you do not have an interest or passion for what the team needs or hopes to accomplish — then some exploration needs to be done. Why is this the case? What changes need to be made so all team members can say yes to this question?
  • Or a reason to be part of this? Or you might say that, given randomly, you might not choose to be a member of this particular team, but the reason you are here is important. So you will give it your best. That’s the bottom line. Will you be the very best team member you know possibly know how to be? Help the team to build trust, respect, have a common goal, and all the other components we are looking at? You need to be able to answer yes to that question — if you can’t, take the time to communicate, explore options — whatever you need to do until you can answer yes.

It’s critical that the team has a common goal. And if there are team members who really are not focused on that, or only contribute half-heartedly, it significantly diminishes the ability of the team to be effective. A team is only as strong as its weakest link — ask yourself the question, ‘how strong of a link am I for my team’? And a follow-up question, ‘how can I become a stronger link?’

What are the other ten critical components of a healthy, effective team?

  1. Common goal
  2. Leadership
  3. Trust
  4. Effective Communication
  5. Diversity
  6. Clear Roles/Tasks
  7. Follow Through/Results
  8. Accountability
  9. Respect
  10. Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  11. Celebrations

L-101Check out Leadership 101 to explore each of these components, to assess the health of your current team, and develop ways to bring out your team’s highest potential!

See more about Leadership 101 here.

About Teresa Gilbert

Teresa Gilbert is the Founder and Owner of Pathways to Excellence, LLC, Coaching and Consulting Services, and provides services on-site as well as through On-Demand, teleconferencing, and individual and group coaching. Teresa works primarily with new supervisors and managers to help them fully develop their leadership potential.

Teresa worked in administration and management for over 25 years before creating Pathways to Excellence. She is a former Head Start director, a former Federal Monitoring Reviewer, has a Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration in workforce development; she is a certified facilitator for Franklin Covey, True Colors, , Personality Patch and Poverty Simulation training. Teresa’s greatest passion lies in leadership training at all levels, and working to help programs and organizations become the best they can be.

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