Team interaction relies 100% on communication. This means that the quality of a team depends on how well people communicate with each other. This requires mutual respect, clear statements, intent listening and keeping disturbing elements from entering the conversation.
It all starts with a transparent structure and clear processes to build the right relationships and nurture them over time. For that to happen, each member needs to be aware of his or her role and function within the team, even if it changes over time.
Valuing each person on the team and appreciating their unique input contributes towards the unity among team members. People who feel valued are more willing to trust.
If team members engage in open and honest communication, they can develop trust, and that trust facilitates further open and honest exchanges. This creates the necessary team cohesion enables people to to work well together even during challenges and tight deadlines.
Many teams exist in name only, but in the end it depends on how response-able a team is in the context of the organization, i.e. does it deliver, can it respond. If teams don’t work, they can’t deliver. That is either a problem or at the very least, a missed opportunity.