Factors that Contribute to Positive Team Dynamics
A team with an effective leader is more likely to perform well. Bear in mind that effective does not mean that a team needs a commanding or controlling boss – rather, effective leadership means knowing your employees, trusting them to do their work well, and gaining their trust in return. An involved leader that clearly sets an agenda and goals for the team is necessary, but micro-management is counterproductive.
Frequent, Open Communication
Top-performing teams encourage open and frequent communication. Not only do high-performing teams need to have clear processes and lines of communication in place, but they also need to feel empowered to bring up challenges, issues within the team, and constructive criticisms. Teams that feel supported and confident that their concerns will be heard have stronger team dynamics, and will work better toward high-level goals.
Positive Relationships Between Individual Team Members
In teams with positive team dynamics, team members have relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Both attributes can help foster a sense of safety when bouncing around ideas. The safer one feels to voice their opinions, the more likely they are to practice open communication.
If you find your team arriving at a common solution too quickly, there's a chance that people are keeping their ideas to themselves. This alone can hinder creative problem-solving and slow progress.
Clearly Defined Roles
A team made up of undefined or poorly defined roles and responsibilities is one that doesn't have clear direction. Transparency and accountability require clarity and precision in this area. Teams without a clear sense of who owns what and who is responsible for what often end up as breeding grounds for chaos, tension and discouragement. Clearly defining every team member’s role should be the first priority of leaders interested in fostering positive team dynamics.
That said, It is not enough to have the roles defined. They also need to be communicated and available to the team itself. Make certain that every team member has access to the plan, objectives, workflow and so forth. Have them written and distributed to everyone to ensure a clear understanding of roles and to foster cohesion and alignment.