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Characteristics of a Team

Posted by Jaco Grobbelaa on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 @ 04:12 PM

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Having spent a lot of time talking about That Leader we are now going to turn to the characteristics of teams.

Regardless of the size of the team there are certain characteristics of a team for it to meet the criteria for being a team at all. Any group of people that gets together for a meeting is an example of a group of people together who may not be members of a common team.

If you remember, a team is a group organized to work to accomplish a set of objectives that cannot be achieved effectively by individuals.

To have a team there must be an awareness of unity on the part of all its members. At times there may be conflicts or feelings of disconnection among certain members. It is one of the main functions of That Leader to bring the team members back into a state of unity if the set of objectives are to be accomplished.

Another important characteristic of a team is that there must be interpersonal relationships. Members must have a chance to contribute, learn from and work with others. A disaffected individual weakens the team because of the good he or she does not share or is not given the chance to share.

Thirdly, the members must have the ability to act together toward a common goal. The primary function of That Leader is not to come up with possible solutions or accomplish the goal himself. The job of That Leader is to help the group be able to work together. If the leader were able to complete the objectives on his own, he would have no use for a team.

Have you worked on a team that was unified? Or have you had the experience of working in a team where you felt like you were not a functioning member? If so, please add a comment to the box below.

This information is from Washington State School Directors’ Association and found on
Jaco Grobbelaar, owner of BroadVision Marketing, helps business owners and business professionals put marketing strategies in place that consistently secure new clients. He can be reached at or 707.799.1238. You can “Like” him at or connect with him on

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Topics: United States, Shared goal, Management, Measure of Leadership, Interpersonal relationship, Goal, Unity, Social group, Business, Marketing strategy, Leadership, Team leader

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