From Manchester United to Netflix, and Apple through to the Oakland Athletics baseball team that was so vividly depicted in Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball, there’s a lot we can learn from the world’s most successful teams. It’s in looking at the common threads between them that we can establish the qualities of a great team.
1) A great team has a clearly defined, positive goals
When you look at the qualities of a great team, one thing that stands out as a common thread is that the team is unified behind a single goal. In a great sports team, players are less concerned about their own personal performance, and more motivated by the performance of the team as a whole. A great sales team doesn’t incentivise its staff to “steal” sales from other team members (which happens frequently when sales teams are not structured well.
All team members on the team understand the position the team is in, and what the endgame looks like. Goals will be ambitious, but achievable, and there should be a singular focus on achieving that goal from everyone within the team.
2) Great teams have clearly defined roles
Every person on a great team knows exactly what their role is within the context of the team. This isn’t an issue of seniority, or about establishing hierarchies by ensuring everyone