One thing about teams is absolutely clear: effective teams have clear goals. And so it follows that it is the responsibility of the team leader to ensure that the team has a clear set of goals, and these drive everything the team does.
In one of the most extensive, long-term study of teams, the researchers concluded that “…high performance teams have both a clear understanding of the goal to be achieved and a belief that it embodies a worthwhile or important result, and when an ineffectively functioning team was identified and described the explanation for the team’s ineffectiveness involved the goal.”
Goals provide a number of significant benefits for a team:
1. Goals reduce conflicts among team members. Differences are resolved ...