A goal is a clearly stated idea of the future or desired outcome
that a person or a group of people envision, plan and commit to achieve.
Team goals lead to team effectiveness
. To agree on and work towards a common goal includes goal and process clarity, high functioning communication, team cohesion and coordination within the team and the organization.
Studies have shown
that having a team goal, or a team goal plus an individual goal, can result in performance that is better than having individual goals or no goal.
- Autonomy leads to higher motivation and commitment to your goal which helps to achieve your team goal faster.
- Feedback for their tasks helps employees to increase their performance and stay commited to the team goal.
- Values that are established within your team help them to settle on a team goal, towards which everyone is willing to work.
- Recognition by colleagues or a supervisor motivates employees to perform at high levels and to contribute to achieving the team goal.