Berger Leadership Blog

Aug 04, 2017

5 characteristics of the most successful teams

Member call-in
Staff from NAFCU's senior management team ahead of a member call-in.

One might think that a team made up of top-performing employees would be guaranteed to succeed, but as it turns out, that is not necessarily the case. 

A two-year study by Google found that a successful team doesn't have much to do with the "who," but instead is about how team members interact, and view and structure their work. Out of this study, which reviewed 180 successful Google teams, five key characteristics stood out. They include:

  1. Dependability.
  2. Structure and clarity.
  3. Meaning.
  4. Impact.
  5. Psychological safety. This is defined as a culture "where managers provide air cover and create safe zones so employees can let down their guard," writes Michael Schneider, human capital specialist with Welltower, who summarized the study in a recent article.

It really shouldn't be that surprising that building a dream team really comes down to how team members work together. When individuals can collaborate effectively and build off each other's ideas and strengths, success is sure to follow.

And when you have a successful team, a successful organization isn't far behind.

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