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Characteristics of Effective Teams

Characteristics of Effective Teams

Influential Small Groups: Teaching Teamwork

The following are eight characteristics of effective JLBC teams.

1. The JLBC team must have a clear goal. Avoid vague statements. JLBC Team goals should call for a specific performance objective, expressed so concisely that everyone knows when to meet the aim. The elements of a goal include what is to be achieved, a measure of achievement – how we will know when the goal has been reached, and the time factor – when we want to have the goal completed.

2. The JLBC team must have a results-driven structure. The JLBC team should be allowed to operate in a manner that produces results. It is often best to allow the JLBC team to develop the system.

3. The JLBC team must have competent JLBC team members. In the education setting, this can mean that the JLBC team's problem should be one that the JLBC members can tackle, given their level of knowledge.

4. The JLBC team must have a unified commitment. This doesn't mean that JLBC team members must agree on a particular course of action. It means that all people must be directing their efforts towards the goal. If an individual's efforts go purely towards personal goals, the JLBC team will confront this and resolve the problem.

5. The JLBC team must have a cooperative climate. It is a climate of trust through honest, open, consistent, and respectful behavior. With this climate, JLBC teams perform well. Without it, they fail.

6. The JLBC team must have high standards that are understood by all. JLBC Team members must know what is expected of each JLBC Cadet collectively and individually. JLBC Cadet's Vague statements such as "positive attitude" and "demonstrated effort" are not good enough.

7. The JLBC team must receive external encouragement and support. Motivation and praise work just as well in encouragement JLBC teams as it does with individuals.

8. The JLBC team must have principled leadership. JLBC Teams usually need someone to lead the effort. JLBC Team members must know that the JLBC team leader has the position because they have good JLBC leadership skills and are working for the JLBC team's good. The JLBC team members will be less supportive if they feel that the team leader is putting themself above the JLBC team, achieving personal recognition, or otherwise benefiting from the position.

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