We’ve all been in one – a team that’s not really a team. A team is made up of individuals, all of whom have their own agendas, wants & needs. Getting on the same page and moving in the same direction takes some effort.
Hopefully we’ve also had the experience of being on a team that actually functioned as a team. The functional team understands its mission TOGETHER while valuing individual input, talent & effort.
I recently re-read a classic business book – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The book is supremely readable by business book standards. It tells the story of a dysfunctional team made functional with the support and urging of an outstanding leader. I’ve rephrased the five dysfunctions as functions – the necessary ingredients for a successful team:
This doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a process. Building trust is the first and most foundational ingredient in creating a successful team.