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;
- 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!