Six characteristics of a high-performance team

By Pat MacMillan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2001

For most people, positive team experiences are rare. And those who have been part of an extraordinary team in the past, probably long for that experience again. People often drift in and then out of extraordinary team situations, wondering what made that group “click” and how to replicate it.

Research has found consistently similar qualities and characteristics in teams that achieve exceptional results.

•Common purpose — The effective team is united and motivated by a clear and compelling purpose that provides the reason for co-operation. The power of a team flows out of commitment to a purpose around which every team member is aligned.