Building synergy in teams

Leader’s job is to understand roles, personality traits
By Maysa Hawwash
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2013

Team effectiveness is a prevalent topic in many business conversations, especially as companies explore new ways of working. Virtual teams, flexible work environments, restructuring through mergers and acquisitions — these all affect team play and require skill and foresight to properly manage and positively influence their effectiveness.

Understanding the personalities of the individuals who make up a team is critical to influencing team performance, and understanding how teams add value within a business is key to driving organizational performance.

A real team is made up of a group of people who share a passion for a common, collective goal. They know achieving that goal demands a high level of interdependency and when teams are working well, they create synergy — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.