The 4 pillars for team success

Working in a team is a challenge. However, if a team works effectively, it will become an asset to a business, and provide numerous benefits to the organizational structure. The success of a team depends upon the roles each member play in the team.

Teams are usually made of individuals who have the same interests, goals, beliefs, and personalities, however, if individuals in a team are very different and have different personalities, this can be great on the long term.

There are common traits that help people build bonds and work together, despite their differences. People can share a common purpose, may have similar strengths and weaknesses, and usually they tend to cooperate with one another. When two people with contrasting personalities are placed in a team, the result is sometimes conflict and friction. But teamwork can also be characterized by its potential for progress, creativity, and the shared impact that each of the members can create.

Many of the characteristics are essential for success in a team but I believe that there are 4 pillars that are foundational to build high performance teams. These are: common purpose, collaboration, constructive conflict, and focused effort.

The foundation of any team is the common purpose. This can be also the main cause of conflict in any team. By having a common purpose, a team can discuss each member’s contribution and derive the necessary positive effect from it. When a team works well, it performs well. It succeeds because it has worked together for a long time and has therefore accumulated an understanding of each other’s needs and of the different ways in which they can overcome obstacles. In this way, there is a sense of shared responsibility and of trust that the members of the team have for each other.

The second requirement for success in a team is communication. There is more collaboration when a team works well because it makes it easier to communicate what each person has to say. All the members of the team participate in the discussion and are capable of using their communication skills to resolve conflicts and difficulties. Communication increases trust and makes it easier to build productive relationships.

The third requirement for success in a team is constructive conflict. Teams that work well can be divided into two types, one that is a constructive conflict group and one that is a negative conflict group. A constructive conflict group typically works together to solve problems in the organization and to achieve common objectives. In a negative conflict group, members of the team interact and fight among themselves over issues that have no relation to the common purpose.

The fourth requirement for success in a team is focused effort. The members of a team will have the advantage of working together on a common project. This is an advantage that few other kinds of teams enjoy. In this kind of team, people work together to make a better product, to eliminate competition, to solve a problem, or to prove that they are the best team. And there is a sense of satisfaction for the people involved, especially the people who are not leading the team.