What are the characteristics of effective teams?
Personally, I believe that there can be many characteristics to effective teams but there are a few main characteristics that always need to be present. It takes active/good communication (i.e. speaking & listening), diversity (i.e. skill, gender, personalities, perspectives, cultures), understanding (i.e. different perspectives, different cultures, differences in personalities, etc.), goals (i.e. team performance, personal), and trust. Every team will be different and the goals and purpose for those teams will be different as well. Therefore, there will always be different characteristics needed for each type of team but I believe that these teams are all formed by the same foundation, which are the characteristics listed above. With these characteristics I believe that a team can be built and goals set forth can be accomplished. How do roles, needs, and diversity affect teamwork?
To begin, roles, needs, and diversity can be both beneficial and harmful to teams. Roles of members affect teamwork because it is possible to have members in positions that do not suit them. In other words, having a member that is not capable of performing the role they attained can hurt the team overall, causing further issues. But it can also be very beneficial when the right person is selected to the role that suits them because objectives will be met effectively and efficiently. Different needs of different members can start to become heavy for the team and therefore affecting the team in a negative way. It is important to establish what the team is there to do and how they are going to do it so that the members and their needs can fall into place. If an individual’s need is becoming an issue for the team, it needs to be addressed immediately so that it does not cause any further issues. Lastly, diversity is a necessity in groups because it will bring different perspectives, ideas, and strategies together...
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