Dynamics of a Successful Team

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Dynamics of a Successful Team April 11, 2013 Dynamics of a Successful Team According to the dictionary definition ("Dictionary.com," 2013), a team is defined as “a number of persons associated in some joint action.” When more than one person is accountable and responsible for task completion, key elements must be set in place to ensure smooth collaboration and positive outcomes. Learning Team D identified leadership, communication, and diversity of the team as several influential factors that made the transition of individual work to teamwork more manageable. Effective leadership, reflection, developing a team charter, and fair distribution of tasks were evident factors to successful outcomes of the team. On the other hand, inconsistent communication, unequal contribution, lack of feedback, and procrastination on behalf of team members negatively affected everyone’s team experience and nearly threatened completion of team projects. However, team D managed to get past these obstacles and ultimately allow the team experience help enhance team performance and growth. “Teams are expected to produce results, but performance is hindered when team members do not work well together. A collaborative team environment is essential for the team’s success.” (OPM, 1997, para. 1). Teams need to respect the parameters set forth in regard to division of workload, timelines, and responsibilities. This can be achieved only by open communication. It is through communication that effective teamwork takes place. In addition team members need to believe that they can openly ask questions and make suggestions. When open communication exists the challenges and conflicts can be resolved within the group (Wolski, 2007, para. 3). “Leadership is the skill that sets the tone for the team.” (Nurick, 1993, para. 13). A group or team needs a leader to keep the goals and timelines
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