There are many characteristics of effective teams, but every good team is usually because of a great, visionary leader. Here are some characteristics of a good team:
In general, good teams:
1. Are adaptable
The truth is that, none of us were made alike. All of us have different ideas, opinions, beliefs and so on.
The good team understand this and learns to be flexible in order to meet the needs and learn to accept ideas that are different from their individual’s.
As a result, they are a united bunch of people. They don’t make a big deal over their small differences and constantly focus on what is common to them: the organizational vision.
2. Are enthusiastic
When a team has low energy, it in fact draws energy from people. It makes the team a very unattractive bunch of people to be with. People feel tired after being with a group of unenthusiastic people.
Good teams are the exact opposite of this. They attract people into the group because of their high energy level. People want to be part of them.
3. Have vision
Good teams stay focused to their long term goals. While they have a lot of fun, enjoy each other’s company, they never lose focus on the ultimate purpose of them coming together.
For example, a good church group never forgets that they’re coming together to glorify God and to build each other up in the Christian faith.
A good company never forgets that its purpose is to add value to the community whichever industry it is in.
By losing vision, a team can lose the whole purpose of coming together in the first place and a good team always keeps that at the back of their heads.
4. Be selfless
As the quote goes,” There is no I in team.” Members of a good team understand the importance of the organizational vision before their personal vision.
They understand the importance of further the corporate goals before their own agendas. Sometimes this means that they have to give up their own leisure time; their time for their own businesses.
Also, they learn to fork out their own time to help one another.
There is a saying in the Bible, “Let each of you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interest of others.”
A good team’s members learn to watch out for one another through being selfless.
5. Are committed
They understand the importance of being committed to a single cause: in this case the vision of the organization.
Commitment often means that they’ll do things despite inconviences and distractions. Despite the many things that are trying to get their attention in their lives, they constantly keep at the corporate goal of the team.
This people are the ones that will keep on going despite hardship and trials. They are committed to the cause.
6. Communicate well with one another
Constant communication means that bonds are kept strong; it means that misunderstandings are minimized; it means that everyone understands each other at a deep level.
By keeping this communication channel strong, a team is able to stay as intimate allies (as opposed to just working colleagues) through the mission of fulfilling the organizational goals.
This is usually the result of meeting up often, and meeting in casual settings beyond work or ministry. This is the time where the real heart to heart communication really happens.
Good teams are intentional about this and they make an effort to keep each other in the loop about their lives and their work.
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