Critical successful factors for teamwork

Opportunities for teamwork present all around, whether it be in the workplace, in the community or at home.  Teamwork is essentially people working together to achieve a common goal.  The common link of everyone in the team on a project should be the goal, according to Parker, 2009, p. 3.    It is important to decide if the goal is attainable, to understand clear outcomes of the finished project.  For successful results working with a team, critical factors should be considered.

When looking at the goal, in this case, a project, will it be completed to meet time deadlines, is there relevant and clear direction.  Should there be any challenges and changes arise, can the team adapt and respond accordingly and appropriately (Cenre, Gill, Lawson & Lewis, 2015, p. 157).

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(Mattson, 2015)

Cenre, Gill, Lawson & Lewis (2015, p. 156) states that with the acceptance of responsibility to complete the project and good team morale set the team on a successful path.  Having good team morale within the group can build a sense of willingness, energy, team confidence and motivation which are key factors which contribute to successful teamwork.

From the leader’s perspective, they should ensure appropriate delegation to support the group contribution of the team.  As a result of regular effective meetings, group decision making, support and willingness to assist if and where needed can contribute to the results of the teamwork function performing well.

Throughout the process maintaining clear and regular effective communication is essential (Parker 2009, p. 31).


Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M., (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press

Mattson, D. [Image].  (2015). 6 Benefits of teamwork in the workplace. Retrieved from Sadler Training

Parker, G. M. (2009). Teamwork: 20 Steps to Success. Amherst, MA: HRD Press.

Wujec, T. (2010).  Build a tower, build a team Retrieved from TEDTalks


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