Distinguishing Teams From Groups

The Kind Leader

A team can be defined as a group of people who work together toward a common set of goals. It is important to distinguish teams from groups. A group only implies a set of more than one person occupying the same space at the same moment in time. Teams are much, much more.

Looking around our world, we see many groups but not many teams. Nothing specific is required of a group. A group can disband and disperse at any time. It doesn’t have the cohesion that a team has. A team sticks, one person to the other, at all times. It does not disband and it does not disperse.

In many work situations, there are groups but not teams. People think because they have proximity to others that they are part of a team. They think because they are working on the same project that they are automatically a…

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