What is Engagement on a Team?

A well known organization-level construct that research shows can also predict a team’s effectiveness is called “Engagement”.

Engagement means being involved, It means listening, and caring about what is going on. It’s being part of the critical questioning, part of the listening, part of the negotiating, selling and doing.

It is working as ‘us’ rather than ‘me’. It means being part of the deliberations when deciding what ‘we’ must do, hw ‘we’ will do it, and then doing your part as you do it together.

It turns out that the level of team-above-self engagement by all parties on a work team greatly improves team outcomes.

The key insight is that individual team members can impact a team’s effectiveness by increasing their own engagement, of course, but also contribute by encouraging the engagement of others.

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