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Five Characteristics of a Great Team

Shirley Lee

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Teams are popular in many business organizations and have proven successful in improving process and cutting costs. Businesses can build great teams by helping to develop five characteristics of great teams These characteristics that held by the best teams are indicated by use of roles, displaying of attitudes and behaviors towards their work and one another. How the members work together in a group, deal with conflict, and how they work individually on team assignments are also indicators of a good work team.

A great team will have:

1. Members sharing leadership responsibility and rotating other roles as needed.

2. All participating in idea generation, problem solving, and decision-making.

3. Members showing support, respect, and trust for one another.

4. All taking actions and doing work that is necessary to reach team goals.

5. Members managing conflict by confronting issues and inappropriate behaviors.

The best teams display these characteristics in their roles, attitudes, behaviors, and working as group and dedicated individuals. Team members need to help each other work towards developing these characteristics to build their continued work ethic and skills. As teams continue to grow in popularity within business, understanding and using the five characteristics of great teams may help teams and organization measure their success in team development.


1. A free group evaluation form for use by teams is available for download from

2. Teams desiring to improve their meetings will also find a downloadable meeting evaluation form at above URL.

3. Teams searching for a presentation planning form, may choose to consult the book “R. A!R. A! A Meeting Wizard's Approach. "

Shirley Fine Lee, author of “R. A!R. A! A Meeting Wizard's Approach", has worked as a training and development specialist since 1986, and an independent consultant since 2000. She has extensive experience, helping organizations with their team building, training development, meeting facilitation, presentation delivery, and other communication needs. This work involves developing productivity tools, presenting workshops, and writing. For instance, she has authored numerous training manuals and guides, on a wide variety of topics. Her programs include time management, getting organized, problem solving, and team building. Find out more about her and options she provides on her website.


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