The Art of working together

This course aims to identify the difference of a Group and a Team 

Teams vs Groups

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Definition of Group

A group is an assemblage of persons who work, interact and cooperate with one another in achieving a common goal in a specified time. The identity of the group members is taken individually. The members share information and resources with other group members.

In an organisation, the groups are made on the basis of common interests, beliefs, experience in common fields and principles, so that they can easily coordinate with each other.

  • Formal Group: These groups are created by the management of the organisation for performing a specific task.
  • Informal Group: The formation of these groups is done naturally in an organisation, to satisfy the social or psychological human needs.


Definition of Team

A group of people who are joined for achieving a common goal within a stipulated period, having collective accountability is known as the team. The agenda of the team is “one for all and all for one”. Apart from sharing information, the team members also share the responsibility of the team task. The team is always responsible for the outcome (i.e. Result of the collective efforts of the team members).

Key Differences between Group and Team

The difference between group and team in the workplace can be drawn clearly on the following grounds:

  1. There is only one head in a group. A team can have more than one head.
  2. The group members do not share responsibility, but team members share the responsibility.
  3. The group focuses on achieving the individual goals. Conversely, the team members focus on achieving the team goals.
  4. The group produces individual work products. As opposed to, the team who produces collective work products.
  5. The process of a group is to discuss the problem, then decide and finally delegate the tasks to individual members. On the other hand, a team discusses the problem, then decide the way of solving it and finally do it collectively.
  6. The group members are independent. Unlike a group, the team members are interdependent.

True or False

  • A Team is a collection of individuals who work together in completing a task.
  • A team has only one leader.
  • Members of a Team are interdependent.
  • A Team aims to accomplish individual goals.
  • A Group discusses, Decides and Delegates.