Team Climate Survey
Remember the leadership qualities, well now explore the characteristics of well-functioning teams.
Keep the following in mind:
Open Communications . . .
Commitment to a Common Purpose and Performance Goals . . .
Shared Responsibility . . .
Use of Resources and Talents . . .
Capacity for Self-Evaluation . . .
Characteristics of Effective Team Members
Guidelines for Effective Team Membership
The willingness of all team members to draw on their own expertise and experience to contribute ideas and solutions is what makes an effective team. You should feel comfortable enough in the team setting to express yourself, and know that your ideas have value. Creative input from a variety of member perspectives is the basis of effective problem solving. Team "norms must encourage contributions, not inhibit them."
Creative, effective teams bring together individuals with widely divergent skills and backgrounds who must work closely together to execute the tasks assigned to them. This can only be accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual respect and willingness to listen. You won't always agree with the ideas other team members bring to a discussion, but you should always be willing to listen without prejudice and contribute positively to the problem-solving process.
A willingness to respect ideas and opinions that differ from your own is the cornerstone of positive and interactive teamwork. Input from every member of the groups should be carefully weighed and evaluated, never disparaged.
Really listening to what other team members have to say is one of the most vital skills you can contribute to a productive team atmosphere. You should always be willing to give an attentive ear to the views of other team members and expect them to do the same for you.
If an idea isn't clear to you, it is your responsibility to the team to ask questions until the matter is clarified. The field of education often has a language all their own; asking questions to cut through the jargon will benefit all participants.
To fully participate, you have to contribute ideas, challenge conventional ways of doing things, ask questions, and complete the tasks assigned to you in a timely and professional manner. These are your responsibilities. Without the enthusiastic participation of all its members, a group is just a collection of individuals. The unique skills and viewpoints you bring to the team are crucial to the successful completion of tasks.
Team Climate Survey
Take the following team climate survey, to see where your board stands as a team.
|Purpose||Do members of your board
share a sense of why the team exists and are invested in
accomplishing the mission?
In a successful team: Members proudly share a sense of why the team exists and are invested in accomplishing its mission and goals.
|Priorities||Do members know what
needs to be done next, by whom, and by when to achieve
In a successful team: Members know what needs to be done next, by whom, and by when to achieve team goals.
|Roles||Do members know their
roles in getting tasks done and when to allow a more
skillful member to do a contain task?
Members know their roles in getting tasks done and when to allow more skillful members to do a certain task.
|Decisions||Are authority and
decision-making lines clearly understood?
In a successful team: Authority and decision-making lines are clearly understood.
|Conflict||Is conflict dealt with
openly and considered important to decision-making and
In a successful team: Conflict is dealt with openly and is considered important to decision-making and personal growth.
|Personal Traits||Do board members feel
their unique personalities are appreciated and well
In a successful team: Members feel their unique personalities are appreciated and well utilized.
|Norms||Are group norms set for
working together and are they seen as standards for
everyone in the group?
In a successful team: Group norms for working together are set and seen as standards for every one in the groups.
|Effectiveness||Do members find team
meetings efficient and productive and look forward to
this time together?
In a successful team: Members find team meetings efficient and productive and look forward to this time together.
|Success||Do board members clearly
know when the team has met with success and share in this
equally and proudly?
In a successful team: Members know clearly when the team has met with success and share in this equally and proudly.
|Training||Are opportunities for
feedback and updating skills provided and taken advantage
of by team members?
In a successful team: Opportunities for feedback and updating skills are provided and taken advantage of by team members.
In this Module:
In the Toolkit:
|Toolkit Home Page||Why Change?||Why Technology?|
|Planning||Policy||Curriculum and Assessment|
|Community Involvement||Facility Planning||Funding|
|Prof'l and Ldrship Development|