The characteristics of a well-functioning team include the following:
- Shared purpose: everyone shares the same aims and goals and agree that together they can accomplish them.
- Clear roles: each team member understands what their roles are on the team and is accountable for fulfilling those responsibilities in order to ensure the success of the team.
- Setting Priorities: these are set in a collaborative manner so that again, everyone is clear on who does what when so the projects undertaken will be accomplished according to the designated timelines.
- Decisions: who has the authority to make certain decisions is also clearly understood for each situation.
- Conflict Resolution: there is a clear and consistent process for conflict resolution and it is dealt with openly, honestly, and fairly.
- Risks: these are mitigated collaboratively, shared openly, and discussed fully before proceeding.
- Team Meetings: these are run effectively so that team members look forward to attending and contributing to the results in a positive and productive manner.
- Training: appropriate training opportunities are offered to keep team members up to date and to provide them with new skills that will benefit the team.
- Personal Traits: team members feel appreciated for their personal skills as well as their professional skills and that both are leveraged for the benefit of the team’s outcomes.
- Success: team members are aware of when success has been achieved and share their accomplishments equally and proudly.
In addition, effective teams share trust, respect, creativity, and productivity when there is a high happiness factor as part of their culture. The use open, honest, clear communication techniques to reduce conflict, resentment, complaining, confusion, and miscommunication so that they can collaborate well. The most important skill is active listening. Common goals are set so that each team member knows exactly what they are aiming for. Evaluation processes are utilized to determine how they are doing and if they are meeting their goals and targets. Appreciation is shown to everyone for their contributions to the successful achievements of the team. Enthusiasm happens when everyone helps one another when assumptions are not made, and when the truth is explained and understood. Maintaining a positive attitude also helps to keep the team able to deal with problems effectively. Sharing ideas and having them accepted and discussed is also beneficial to good teamwork. When team members enjoy what they do and with whom they do it, the outcomes will always be better.
Finally, Effective leaders help their team members maximize their potential through encouragement, clear communication, and rewards.
The more the leader empowers the team to make decisions the more the leader can delegate. The most effective leaders delegate the most!
You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you anywhere, if only out of curiosity.