What Do Successful Teams Value?

What do successful teams value?  Shared vision, collaboration, results, leadership?  These are components of group effort.  However, successful teams know that the glue that holds them together is trust. As Patrick Lencioni states, “…trust is the confidence among team members that their peers’ intentions are good and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around the group.  In essence, teammates must get comfortable being vulnerable with one another.”  

Working on a team requires energy, emotional intelligence, commitment, responsibility and trust.  You may feel good when you achieve a goal or receive recognition for a job well done.  When working on a team, it is a challenge to turn off being competitive with peers. Yet, that is exactly what makes teams successful.  Successful teams have an extra edge if team members know that individual vulnerabilities will not be used against them.  Those vulnerabilities include weaknesses, skill deficiencies, interpersonal shortcomings, mistakes, and requests for help.  

Seldom do good teams become great teams by accident. There is purposefulness about their evolution and practices they follow.  They commit to personal and professional excellence.  They are willing to challenge each other and demand the best. They always have a leader who pushes the group to look more deeply and achieve more than they could do by themselves. 

Many successful teams choose team development based on the work of Patrick Lencioni’s international best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Behaviors® Powered by Everything DiSC® because it helps teams apply The Five Behaviors® model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results to drive team effectiveness and productivity. The program uses Everything DiSC, a tool that helps build effective team communication and relationships, to help participants understand their individual DiSC® style and discover how each style brings value to the team.