What makes a team work can feel like a mystery. While you can’t guarantee success, you can give your team a better chance by being sure it has the following:
- A common purpose. Most teams form as a result of an outside mandate. To work together effectively, team members need to rally around a meaningful purpose they’ve embraced as their own.
- A mix of complementary skills. It’s dangerous for everyone on a team to have the same skills and perspective. Look for people with varying technical and functional expertise who bring different approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
- Mutual accountability. You cannot coerce commitment. The process of agreeing on a goal together will forge trust and build the team’s accountability to one another.
Source: Harvard Business Review – Management Tips of the Day