Effective Communication Leads to Team Success
University of Phoenix
Being part of a team can be both an exciting journey and a learning opportunity. When a person is part of a team, he or she has responsibilities to the other team members for the team to be successful. A major component of a successful team is team communication. Team communication is an underlying factor on the team defining their tasks, how these tasks will be divided and conquered, and how to achieve effective performance. (Ad den Otter, 2007). In the college atmosphere, teams consist of students who are either placed to work together or choose each other, to accomplish a common goal. Once the goal is complete, all team members will benefit. Students will bring different levels of communications to the team, which will both benefit and challenge all members involved.
Application of interpersonal skills, being open to new ideas, being honest with ones opinions and collaborating with others are benefits to a team’s communication. These types of communication skills can be applied throughout the development process of the team. The development process involves the fives stages of forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. (Krietner-Kinicki, 2004).
In the forming stage, members of a team determine the common goal. This is the beginning of a team’s communication and is usually where the team members are uncertain of the team’s path. At this stage, the members are discussing the motivation behind completing the set goal and the importance of doing a good job. A challenge at this stage is trust has not been established, so members tend to hold back on his or her comments. Strangers do not trust each other in the beginning. (Stewart, Manz, and Sims, 1999). This challenge can be overcome because at this stage, a person will come forth as a leader and attempt to get other team members to participate.
The storming stage testing occurs amongst the team members. One...