Do you use the terms "team" and "group" interchangeably? You're not alone!
So, what's the difference between a group and a team? It may come as a surprise to learn that there is actually a difference and making the distinction is important!
So What Are They?
A team is composed of members who are linked by one or more common goals and shared accountability.
All for one, and one for all!
A group is a collection of individuals who each contribute and interact with each other to achieve a larger goal.
Let's get the job done!
How Are They Different?
Qualities of a team
Can have multiple or rotating leaders
Team members share responsibility for the final outcome
Focus is achieving collective goals
Members contribute to collective work products
The team discusses a problem, decides on a solution, and works on the solution collectively
Team members are interdependent
Qualities of a group
Has only one designated leader
Group members do not share responsibility for the final outcome
Focus is achieving individual goals
Members produce individual work products
The group discusses a problem, decides on a solution, and delegates tasks to individual group members
Group members are independent
You are a fashion designer and you have a project where you need to design 5 outfits for a runway show, 3 outfits for special guests of your design house and an outfit for yourself for the final walk. Which of these will serve you best?
The Difference Between a Group and a Team: Similarities
Qualities of both teams and groups
At least 2 people
Members need to interact
Thrive with face-to-face interaction
Focus on the achievement of an objective
Need leadership to operate
Are built on a foundation of sharing of information and resources
Both are valuable and necessary depending on the situation at hand!
A _____ is a collection of people working to achieve a goal.
This could be you and your group or team:
Challenge yourself! The next time you need to work with others to solve a problem or achieve something:
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