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Definition of Team Dynamics


Team dynamics are the unconscious, psychological forces that influence the direction of a team’s behaviour and performance.  They are like undercurrents in the sea, which can carry boats in a different direction to the one they intend to sail.

Team dynamics are created by the nature of the team’s work, the personalities within the team, their working relationships with other people, and the environment in which the team works.

Team dynamics can be good - for example, when they improve overall team performance and/or get the best out of individual team members.  They can also be bad - for example, when they cause unproductive conflict, demotivation, and prevent the team from achieving its goals.

Difference between team and group dynamics

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