Of the characteristics of highly motivated teams, which are proven to be the most important to someone who is a part of the team?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to the still-relevant article published in E.I. Networks titled "Team Motivation" by Peter Grazier (1998), there are six characteristics that are unique to highly-motivated teams. These characteristics include:

  • Purpose
  • Challenge
  • Camaraderie
  • Responsibility
  • Growth, and
  • Leadership

The article gives equal importance to each of these dimensions of strength, since one affects the other. Without the primary dimension, which is purpose, there cannot be any challenging task to accomplish; without challenge there cannot be esprit the corps as we see in teamwork. Responsibility ensures the growth of the organization because it gives it form, purpose, and it validates the efforts of all employees. Leadership, as the top of the chain, represents the safeguarding of all of the other dimensions.

If we were to extrapolate the most important of these six traits, according to the article by Grazier, we would have to do it carefully and thinking about the interdependence of all the elements. However, the essence of business sense lies entirely on purpose, responsibility, and growth.

It is true that leadership and camaraderie are essential to ensure that all parts of a system are operating as expected. However, system operation is secondary to purpose because the purpose is what is set first and foremost to identify precisely what operations are needed and how they will be performed.

Responsibility is essential; it is not merely the assurance that all things are running as expected, but it also has to do with personal pride. This entails that all of the members of the organization understand that their role is essential to the mission and vision, and that they are equally worthy of praise, as they are of blame, if they do not do what they are expected to do with precision.

Finally, growth is also imperative because it demonstrates whether operations are working or not. It is important to remember that growth is ongoing and should not have an endpoint; it is continuous improvement  and change gearing toward one same purpose.

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