What Makes A Good Team?

A good team, whether in sports, business, or family, can be almost magical. What are the properties that make a team great?

When you have a group of people working together to achieve a common goal — in other words, a team — finding the right mix can be tricky.

One thing to consider is to select people with the right skill set. For example, an ideal baseball team would have a shortstop and a third baseman, rather than two third basemen or two shortstops.

Finding a good person to lead and/or motivate the team is very important. The leader sets the tone for the entire group, and needs to have the respect of the individual members.


Related: Listen to an episode of the Intellectual Roundtable Podcast, where Lee and Michael discuss this question: ‘Where does authority come from?’ We also discuss another question as well, ‘What does your favorite music say about you?’


One aspect that is often overlooked is you need to have the right project for the team to work on. A group that would be good at, say, writing a software program probably will not be so good at marketing or selling a product. Or, to use a sports example, a great basketball team won’t be very good playing hockey.

Can you think of instances in your life when you have been a part of a group that was really in sync and excelled? What were the factors that made your team successful, and can you reproduce them?

Related questions: How can we encourage collaboration? What role do sports play in our society? Solo or team? What makes a community?

Solo Or Team?

Are you more likely to do something as part of a team, or do you like to go it alone?

Share why if you wish.

Solo Or Team?

Individual Or Team Sports?

Which do you to prefer to watch: individual sports like tennis, golf, or running, or team sports like baseball, football, or hockey? Is the answer different for sports to participate in?

Share why if you wish.

Individual Or Team Sports?