People are people, which means the dynamic on a team will fluctuate around the different personalities, as well as be influenced by different circumstances that a team Faces. Whether you lead a team, or are a member of a team, you should keep your eye on the team’s health and occasionally do a WOF to see if anything needs adjusting -- i.e., the team is firing on all cylinders, where everybody is reasonably engaged and committed, and where you’re getting good results.
Here are some symptoms of a dysfunctional team:
Polite conversations, especially after everyone has been together for a while
Very little vulnerability
Conflict is seen as a bad thing
Meetings that happen either before or after the scheduled team meeting
Inability to see the whole; focused instead on ‘my part’
An inner circle: in group/out group dynamic
Trust equates to loyalty
Very little affirmation going on
Little or no accountability
Below is a link to my conversation with Mel Homer on Magic Talk Radio where we discuss the topic dysfunctional teams and what can be done if we find ourselves on one.