Team Member Roles and Responsibilities
To achieve high levels of team performance, team members must know what their respective roles and responsibilities will be. In fact, one of the leading causes of team breakdowns is lack of clear roles and responsibilities. Everyone must understand what each other has committed to do and what they can expect in terms of contribution to team result. When roles are not clearly defined, team members, in an earnest effort to do a good job, may find themselves butting heads, stepping on toes or failing to meet expectations. Therefore, time should be taken to discuss and clarify each team member's role and agree on what each member's contribution to team success. Clarifying team member roles and responsibilities is essential to a team just starting out, but can also be helpful whenever the team reorganizes, begins a new project, shift individual responsibilities, sets new priorities or needs to renew commitment to team goals.