Team Effectiveness

Identifying Symptoms and Strategies for Conflict Resolution

Combat team dysfunction by enhancing trust, commitment, and accountability in teams. Discover effective strategies for realignment and team synergy.


Ineffective team dynamics can make or break the success of projects and even entire organizations. Dysfunctional teams can lead to decreased productivity, low morale, and ultimately, organizational setbacks. Understanding the symptoms of team dysfunction and employing effective strategies for realignment and conflict resolution is crucial for leaders and HR professionals.

Symptoms of Team Dysfunction

1. Lack of Trust: The foundation of any effective team is trust. When team members don't trust each other, it manifests as reluctance to share ideas, fear of taking risks, and withholding information.

2. Fear of Conflict: Healthy conflict is essential for innovation and problem-solving. In dysfunctional teams, members avoid conflict, leading to passive-aggressive behavior and unresolved issues.

3. Lack of Commitment: When team members are not committed to the team goals, they are less likely to take responsibility. This lack of commitment can stem from unclear goals or misalignment with personal values.

4. Avoidance of Accountability: A lack of accountability can lead to a blame culture, where members shift responsibility and fail to take ownership of their actions.

5. Inattention to Results: Focusing on personal goals over team goals is a telltale sign of a dysfunctional team. This can result in competition within the team and derail collective success.

Strategies for Realignment and Conflict Resolution

1. Establishing Trust: Leaders can foster trust by encouraging open communication, showing vulnerability, and promoting a non-judgmental environment. Utilizing tools like McQuaig’s personality assessments can help in understanding team members' behavior and communication styles.

2. Embracing Healthy Conflict: Encourage open discussions and healthy debates. Teach conflict resolution skills and ensure that conflicts are focused on ideas and processes, not individuals.

3. Clarifying Goals and Roles: Clearly defined goals and roles help in aligning the team. Regular team meetings and check-ins can ensure that everyone is on the same page and committed to the common objectives.

4. Fostering Accountability: Cultivating a culture of constructive accountability is crucial. Clear expectations and regular feedback sessions, supported by insights from McQuaig TeamSync, can enhance a sense of responsibility among team members.

5. Aligning on Results: Focus the team on collective outcomes rather than individual achievements. Celebrate team successes and analyze failures as a group to foster a sense of unity.


Addressing team dysfunction is a challenging but essential task. By identifying the symptoms of dysfunction and applying these strategies, leaders can transform struggling teams into cohesive, productive units. Tools like McQuaig’s psychometric assessments and McQuaig TeamSync can provide valuable insights into team dynamics, aiding in the development of tailored strategies for team realignment and conflict resolution.

Remember, a team’s strength lies in its ability to overcome challenges together. With the right approach, even the most dysfunctional teams can be realigned to achieve their full potential.

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