Teamwork: Key Elements
Commitment—Commitment happens when the team members see them- selves as belonging to the team instead of as individuals acting on their own initiative. Also, commitment is evident when the team members are committed to the team goals over and above their own personal goals.
Trust—When team members have faith that each member will honor their com- mitments, support each other, share and maintain confidences, and act in a responsible manner, trust is nurtured and exhibited.
Purpose—It is important for teams to understand how they fit into the overall organizational picture of a business. And, equally important, team members must know their individual roles, feel a sense of pride and ownership of the pro- ject and recognize that their contribution can make a difference.
Communication—Strong teams are those that exercise effective communica- tion among members, as well as between group members and those outside the team. Members must be able to handle conflict, practice effective group decision-making and work toward smooth day-to-day interactions.
Involvement—Team members each have an integral part on the team. Their contributions are respected and solicited, and they establish a real consensus before committing the team to action. Though differences in opinion are bound to occur, team members must feel a partnership with each other and respect those differences.
Process—Effective teams possess proficient use of problem solving skills, the ability to plan, attend regular meetings complete with meeting agendas and minutes of the meetings, and use protocol to deal with problems.