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Orient on team goals.


Summary

Team goals, both short-term and long-term, should be well-defined, understood, and agreed on by the team.

Challenging goals inspire better performance. Achieving goals contributes to well-being.

Most people are naturally goal-directed. Accomplishing team goals requires team members to identify and harness the abilities of others.

Motivation and commitment enable people to sustain progress toward team goals. Accomplishing team goals improves collective efficacy.  

As teams gain confidence and competence, they tend to set higher goals. Teams that are higher in efficacy are more optimistic, hopeful, and better able to cope with adversity and stress.

When teams orient on collective goals, they can accomplish tasks based solely on the leader’s intent. Goals that are specific provide more incentive.

Orienting on team goals helps facilitate team learning and build resilient teams. Orient on team goals is a leader task for middle managers and senior leaders.