Personal Awareness

Characteristics of a Successful Team

Structure and Clarity

In order to be dependable, team members need to understand their roles and responsibilities within the group. You also need to be clear about expectations and deadlines. Take the time at the start of any team project to detail roles and responsibilities, expectations, and deadlines. That way, everyone knows what they are doing, how they are supposed to do it, and when things are due. Document this understanding down and make sure everyone has a chance to read, ask questions, and clarify their understanding before it comes into force. Once the understanding is in place, make sure everyone has access to the document. Team Agreements and Team Assignment Plans are two documents that your team coach will use to help you structure and clarify your teamwork.