We often refer to effective teams as “power teams”. In addition to the characteristics shared by any team, power teams exhibit the following:

  • Clear communication, including effective listening;
  • Interpersonal skills, including effective conflict management;
  • Shared accountability and responsibility;
  • Emphasis on the group rather than individuals;
  • Decision making through compromise and consensus;
  • Performance assessment based on team results;
  • Goal and action orientation;
  • Cooperation;
  • Trust; and
  • Cultural sensitivity.

A power team creates positive results for its individual members, and for the organization as a whole. Employee benefits include:

  • Promoting higher levels of ownership, commitment, and energy.
  • Increasing participation and employee involvement.
  • Providing a vehicle for wide-scale employee participation in organization change and improvement efforts.
  • Harnessing the energy and ideas of everyone throughout the organization.
  • Turning involvement and empowerment rhetoric into reality.
  • Elevating a sense of purpose and meaning.
  • Fostering a spirit of community, cooperation, and belonging.
  • Replacing command-and-control discipline with self and peer discipline.
  • Producing better problem solving and more thorough decision-making.

While organization benefits include:

  • Improving productivity, customer service, quality, process management, innovation, cost effectiveness, job satisfaction, morale, and financial performance.
  • Multiplying an organization’s flexibility and response times.
  • Flattening vertical hierarchies and unites functional silos.

Interested in learning more? Check out our free resource guide on Power Teams!