There are two dimensions of teamwork: task and relationships. The distinguishing feature of all high performing teams is high trust, strong engagement, and clear communication between team members. Yet, most team leaders spend very little time on the relationship dimension of teamwork. Most team problems can be traced back to a simple misunderstanding, communication breakdown, or relationship malfunction. It’s the people-dimension—not the task-dimension—that continually challenges team leaders. We will explore the eight characteristics of high performing teams and how to assess you team against these research-based characteristics. This information comes from Dr. Tim Baker book, WINNING TEAMS: The Eight Characteristics of High Performing Teams.