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Team Effectiveness

Checklist for Assessing Team Effectiveness: 10 Characteristics

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What are the Characteristics of an Effective Team?

Increasingly, organizations are realizing the key to their success lies in building high-performing teams. Research proves that effective teams, regardless of industry, tenure, or size, demonstrate certain common characteristics. What are those characteristics, and how does your team measure up?

In his landmark book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, teamwork thought leader Patrick Lencioni declared teamwork essential to organizational success. After many years, this still rings true. In fact, teamwork is more important than ever.

To help you see if your team needs to improve, we made this checklist for assessing team effectiveness.

If you’re like most team leaders, you checked some of these. If you checked most, good work! It is more likely that some went unchecked, and there is always room for improvement.

Getting started on effective teamwork doesn't have to be a challenge and FlashPoint is here to help. The Five Behaviors®: Team Development Model is a team effectiveness assessment tool used to help team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive team.

The Five Behaviors® is our assessment and program of choice for team effectiveness. You can read about how we used it for our work with a National Cultural Institution's executive team here.

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” — Patrick Lencioni

Optimizing an Executive Team to Move an Organization Forward
Bill Mugavin

Bill Mugavin is director of consulting services at FlashPoint. He has worked with top-tier Fortune 1000 global organizations to improve leadership and management effectiveness.