Five Conditions for Successful Teamwork

It is not unusual for a working group of people — not matter how formal or informal — to think of themselves and refer to themselves as a team. Yet, one authority says a real team must meet specific conditions.

In Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, J. Richard Hackman lays out five conditions necessary for successful teamwork:

1. The team must be a real team, rather than a team in name only;

2. It has compelling direction for its work;

3. It has an enabling structure that facilitates teamwork;

4. It operates within a supportive organizational context; and

5. It has expert teamwork coaching.

In this archived newsletter from the Harvard Business School, Hackman discusses the role of leadership in establishing and fostering teams in this e-mail interview with HBS Working Knowledge’s Mallory Stark.


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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