Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

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Instructor: Rob Wengrzyn

Rob has an MBA in management, a BS in marketing, and is a doctoral candidate in organizational theory and design.

Effective teams can contribute heavily to the success of an organization. This lesson explores the key characteristics that make teams effective in the business world. You'll see an example of each characteristic and learn about underlying, supportive aspects of effectiveness.

Team Is a Verb as Well as a Noun

In the business world, the word 'team' is thrown around a great deal. It's become a phrase or term we use on a regular basis, such to say things like 'let's work as a team,' or 'we are a solid team around here.' The truth is that just because we use the word 'team' to describe a group of people, it does not mean the team functions in an effective manner.

We often use the word 'team' as a noun to identify the group, but we need to remember that 'team' can be a verb as well. The action of teaming is part of what makes a team effective. Putting a group of individuals on a team (noun) is great, but having that group team together (verb) is when effective teams arise.

What Makes Teams Effective

There are many different facets that make a team effective. While the list of what makes a team effective can be quite long, with attributes like good members or solid leadership, there are aggregate facets that can be identified that will contribute to the team effectiveness. They are:

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