One of a leader’s most important jobs is to create effective teams.

There are numerous variables to building a team that works well together. But researchers have found one of the most crucial attributes is a “shared mindset,” especially as teams become more dynamic, diverse, and distributed. A shared mindset unites team members and ensures everyone has accurate information.

But that’s just one crucial piece of the puzzle. Here are six conditions for creating effective teams:

Real team

Team members have to feel like they are part of a team. That means having clear boundaries and interdependencies among members. It also requires at least moderate stability in membership, meaning team members aren’t coming and going all the time.

Compelling direction

Effective teams need a clear purpose that is challenging and consequential. These teams are focused on the ends to be achieved instead of just the means to pursue it.

Enabling structure

Teams need support and stability with a structure that encourages collaboration and teamwork. To work well, teams need a format or configuration that enables teamwork instead of hindering it.

Supportive context

Effective teams require resources like training, rewards, and access to information. Team members need support that enables them to work effectively.

Competent coaching

Instead of feeling totally alone, great teams have someone they can turn to for mentoring or when they have questions or need help overcoming obstacles and challenges.

Shared mindset

A common understanding and identity that focuses on similarities and connectedness instead of looking for differences.

Effective teams don’t happen overnight. But creating these six conditions can help teams grow and become effective over time.

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