19 May '13
Ten indicators of a healthy team
Posted by T.J. Addington
How healthy is the team or staff that you serve on? You know you serve on a healthy staff when...
There is a high degree of trust among staff membersHealthy teams are trusting teams. They trust their leaders and they trust one another. The high degree of trust eliminates the need for hidden agendas, lack of transparency or the need to question motives.
You love to be with your colleaguesHealthy teams enjoy working together. They may not be "best friends" outside of work but they enjoy working and collaborating together
There is strong missional leadershipOne of the marks of a healthy team is that they are passionately committed to achieving a clear, motivating, meaningful mission. It is the mission which provides the glue that holds them together
Robust dialogue is encouraged and practicedOn healthy teams people have full freedom to speak their minds without hidden agendas or attacking others. There is no fear in being candid and honest even when ones opinion may not be the mainstream view.
There is clarity of responsibilityHealthy teams practice clarity of responsibility so that each member knows what they are responsible for.
There is empowerment to accomplish your job as you see fitHealthy teams have empowered cultures where good individuals are empowered to accomplish their job in line with their particular gifting and without the micromanagement of supervisors.
Your supervisor is both a mentor and a coachHealthy teams have leaders who both mentor and coach their team members rather than simply telling them what to do . There is a monthly mentor/coach meeting with supervisors.
Your leader is self assured and non-threatenedHealthy teams have healthy leaders who are are secure in themselves and not threatened by other strong leaders.
There is a high degree of collaboration between membersHealthy teams are those who work interdependently rather than independently. Each member is both aware of and supportive of the work and responsibilities of other team members. The end goal is always that of accomplishing the mission of the organization.
There is a culture of innovationIf you always do what you always did you always get what you always got. Healthy teams encourage innovative ideas, practices and new ways of accomplishing ministry in order to stay on the front edge of effectiveness.
How many of these indicators are true of the team you serve on?