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Get the tool that measures a higher level of team functioning. Benchmarks of Team Excellence reveals important information about the experience and attitudes of those who know the team best — the team members. Benchmarks will help you measure the extent to which teams possess the 6 indicators of excellence:

  •      Alignment
  •      Team Effectiveness
  •      Empowerment
  •      Passion
  •      Commitment
  •      Results

By examining scores for 6 indicators of excellence, team members can identify areas of strength and weakness; discover overall patterns of agreement, and surface differences in perceptions about how the team is functioning. 

Learning Outcomes 

  •      Measure the extent to which teams possess the 6 indicators of excellence
  •      Compare a team’s performance with other excellent and high-performing teams
  •      Determine action steps to help teams move farther and faster along the journey toward excellence


Benchmarks of Team Excellence was developed as part of an extensive research project that investigated the relationship between various leadership behaviours (visionary leadership behaviours and good management practices) and the level of excellence in the manager's team. A thorough review and synthesis of the literature revealed 6 indicators of excellent work units: alignment, team effectiveness, empowerment, passion, commitment, and results. 

The 6 indicators of excellence:

  1. Alignment — a deep sense of vision or purpose that is shared among team members.
  2. Team effectiveness — strong internal processes that allow coordinated efforts, such as shared values, trust, open communication, flexibility, and decision making.
  3. Empowerment — feeling empowered to do what is necessary; personal and collective power.
  4. Passion — high and sustained levels of energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and confidence.
  5. Commitment — deep commitment to the purpose of the team and to each other.
  6. Results — accomplishing outstanding results based on high standards.

How it Works

By combining individual scores with the team’s scores, participants get a portrait of their team’s overall level of performance in each of the 6 excellence indicators. Interpretative information provides insight into the ranges and scores. With analysis, discussion, and action planning questions, participants then reflect on and discuss the team’s functioning and how it can improve.

Uses for Benchmarks of Team Excellence

Benchmarks of Team Excellence makes an effective stand-alone training session. It is also easily incorporated into a larger training program. The assessment has been used by a wide variety of organizations for team building and team leadership training, as well as in programs to teach the concepts of excellent organizational practices, characteristics of high-performance teams, and group dynamics.