“One for all, all for one” type of attitude?
Being helpful to each other?
Focus on achieving team goals, not personal ones?
Strong personal relationships beside professional interactions?
Ability to deal with difficult situations?
I guess all of them are true. The funny thing is those attributes are exposed more likely whenever tough times come. I know several great teams which were born when no favorable circumstances could be found.
A team with commonly disliked boss. Suddenly it appeared the team wanted to show not only they can manage their task with no boss at all, but even with a boss who disturb instead of help. Engagement skyrocketed. Teamwork went on new level. They used to say the sky was the limit. They should just leave but instead they choose to resist. What an irony, soon after they got what they wanted to – their boss had left – the team scattered.
A technical team which worked in difficult company environment. All decisions were driven by salespeople with no balance from the other side of the barricade. Unreasonable project decisions were their bread and butter. No one tried to understand all the technical issues. Schedules were cut in the half with no rational reason. If you add some financial problems of the company the environment should force anyone to leave immediately. Another time people chose to fight. Despite tough time they managed to complete very challenging task. They built strong personal relationships. They created friendly oasis in hostile environment. However, since things haven’t changed for a longer period of time they started to look for a better future elsewhere.
Becoming a great team is a way of self-defense. If people acted as they’d do during peace time they’d have to leave soon. Leaving a job is almost always a hard decision to make so people start to be engaged a bit more. And a bit more. And a bit more… Other try to follow and suddenly everyone works as he was on steroids.
A bad news for those companies which try to forge great team that way is you never know when it ends. Patience isn’t endless. People will leave and you’ll lose much more than you’d thought – an additional value brought by their greatness.
Building a great team during normal time can be paradoxically more difficult, however that way the results last much, much more.