Team Effectiveness

Effectively Working With and Through Teams

Effective leaders need to work with and through teams, as both leaders and followers. It is the combined strength of teams, rather than individual contribution, that ensures organisational success.

The Oakridge Centre's bespoke team effectiveness programmes will introduce you to the main theories of teams and how they develop. In a series of practical exercises, you will build your own ability to understand teams and to inspire team performance.

Organisational Value

  • Intensify the focus of the organisation on team effectiveness, in particular bringing a sense of common purpose and shared values, then building on strengths and celebrating collaboration across office-based and hybrid and remote working teams
  • Team members develop an understanding of team dynamics
  • Team members gain a recognition of the conditions for team effectiveness
  • Team members identify their personal strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Teams develop team-based self-regulation and monitoring skills
  • Attendees are enabled to share vision, values and behaviours to achieve common goals


Team Value

  • Understand team dynamics and how to both create and sustain team performance
  • Learn to demonstrate strong team leadership whilst valuing the contribution of others
  • Enables teams to share vision, values and behaviours to achieve common goals
  • Identify your individual strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Create a common purpose
  • Develop team-based self-regulation and monitoring
  • Work with your team to increase your impact on the common goals of your organisation

10 key questions all team leaders need to ask

1. Is there a clear TEAM TASK that requires INTERDEPENDENT and fully integrated working in order to produce an output?

2. Will it be important that team members draw upon various INPUTS and OUTPUTS of other team members?

3. Are there clear BOUNDARIES OF MEMBERSHIP so that it will always be obvious who is in the team?

4. Will the team be given CLEARLY SPECIFIED AUTHORITY to manage their own work processes and make decisions?

5. Is there a requirement to have membership STABILITY over some reasonable time?

6. Will there be COLLECTIVE TEAM ACCOUNTABILITY based on collective outcomes?

7. Will the team consist of EIGHT OR LESS members?

8. Do all team members need to be PRESENT AND PLAYING A PART?

9. Does it need to FEEL LIKE A TEAM?

10. Does the Business need you to be operating as a CO-ORDINATED TEAM?

Your answers to these 10 questions will indicate if you are a 'real team' or a 'working group'.