Five Key Components of Team Communication

Five Key Components of Team Communication

Components Necessary To Teamwork

The five components of team communication include: members, goals, working, interdependence, and interaction (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012). Each of these components serves a vital purpose in the team communication dynamic. These components are needed in the following ways:

Members- Teams must have members and the number of members increases the interactions and thereby impacts the communication of the team (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012).

Interaction- Teams must have communication between members to be effective. Interaction encompasses the communication between members including verbal and nonverbal. Interactions define the members and the team communication dynamic such as what is appropriate and what is not (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012).

Interdependence- Group members are necessary and their actions and communications impact the team such that all members are affected by a single member (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012).

Working- Teams utilize work in order to achieve common goals. This refers to the effort of the team such as cognitive and physical efforts to accomplish the goal (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012).

Common Goal- Teams are formed with a common goal or goals. This goal defines the purpose for the team and channels all communications towards this end (Engleberg & Wynn, 2012).


Engleberg, I. Wynn, D. (2012) Working in Groups: Communication Principles and Strategies 6 Edition Pearson

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