The Team Building Directory

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Characteristics of a good team and team member
Characteristics of a good team
  • Everyone participates actively and positively in meetings and projects.
  • Team goals are understood by everyone.
  • Individual members have thought hard about creative solutions to the problem.
  • Members are carefully listened to and receive thoughtful feedback.
  • Everyone takes initiative to get things done.
  • Each teammate trusts the judgement of the others.
  • The team is willing to take risks.
  • Everyone is supportive of the project and of others.
  • There is plenty of communication between team members.
  • Team decisions are made using organized, logical methods.
  • Full team acceptance is expected as decisions are made.
  • Dissenting opinions are recorded, and may be revisited if future situations dictate.
  • Team goals are given realistic time frames.
  • Everyone is focused on the ultimate goal of the project, while also digging into the underlying details.


Characteristics of a good team member


  • Works for consensus on decisions
  • Shares openly and authentically with others regarding personal feelings, opinions, thoughts, and perceptions about problems and conditions
  • Involves others in the decision-making process
  • Trusts, supports, and has genuine concern for other team members
  • “Owns” problems rather than blaming them on others
  • When listening, attempts to hear and interpret communication from other’s points of view
  • Influences others by involving them in the issue(s)
  • Encourages the development of other team members
  • Respects and is tolerant of individual differences
  • Acknowledges and works through conflict openly
  • Considers and uses new ideas and suggestions from others
  • Encourages feedback on own behavior
  • Understands and is committed to team objectives
  • Does not engage in win/lose activities with other team members
  • Has skills in understanding what’s going on in the group


Author: Dan Collns is from Fresh Tracks who are experts in running team building activities, team development programmes and staff conference organising.