Two or more individuals with a high degree of interdependence geared toward the achievement of a goal or the completion of a task.
Teams make decisions, solve problems, provide support, accomplish missions, and plan their work.
Attitudes for Effective TeamworkAppreciation for value of team decisionsRespect for team membersMutual trustOpenness to feedbackReflection on group process and interest in improvingShared vision
Effective Team-Building Takes TimeThere must be frequent and prolonged contact
Team members come together around a specific goal or project
Effective teams go through four stages of team development
What are the Four Stages of Team Development?
Every effective team goes through these life cycle stages
FormingTeam members are introduced and begin getting to know each otherGoals and tasks are establishedGenerally polite behavior among membersNorms are not understood
StormingMembers are sizing each other up and may feel more comfortable and voice their viewsMembers may compete for team rolesMay argue about goals or how they should be accomplishedMay choose sides against other members
NormingOnce issues are resolved, agreement occurs around team norms and expectations
Trust and common interests are developing
Roles and objectives are clarified and understood
PerformingMembers make contributions and are motivated by resultsLeadership is shared according to members knowledge and skillsNorms and culture are well understoodTasks get accomplished effectively and efficiently