What's So New About Teams? 3 Team Terms A team is a group of people who collaborate and interact to reach a common goal. The team is made up of a team leader who coordinates the work of team members, often referred to as associates. Getting things done is now assumed by teams--groups of people, usually headed by a team leader, who together as a team plan, implement, and control the work. What to Expect from a Team The essence of a team is common commitment. Without it, the members of the group perform as individuals; with it they become a powerful unit of collective performance. In the ideal team, each associate performs his or her function in such a way that it dovetails with that of other team members to enable the team to achieve its goals. By this collaboration, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. FYI