Whether it’s for school or for work, you are often put into situations where you must work in a team instead of individually. While this can often be the best way to complete certain tasks, it can sometimes be a challenge to share work with others. The following tips will give you some idea of how to more effectively work with a team to get things done.

Understanding goals as a team: When you’re given a task, it may not always be clear what it looks like to successfully accomplish it. The first thing to do is to make sure that your team knows what the objective is and that everyone agrees what it looks like to achieve it.

Establish effective communication: It’s important to be mindful of different points of view. To allow and encourage communication during teamwork, you open the floor to those that may have very great and important ideas who may not usually have the courage to speak. Having an open and respectful dialogue is also a great step to avoiding unnecessary confrontation.

Strong leadership: Not everyone in a group can effectively lead at all times. It’s fair and even efficient to let someone who has a clear idea of the course of action to take the reigns in organizing the project. If you feel confident enough to take this role, be fair. If you don’t, look out for the role you feel most confident in.

Agreed upon procedure: Your team may all know your goal, but if no one knows how to get there—or everyone has a different idea of how to get there—it can make your time working with other people complicated and even difficult. It’s important to start any project by going through a course of action, making sure everyone feels confident in it, and that everyone knows what their individual roles are. Respect your team members. Remember, you all have the same goal in mind.

Conflict management: When people of different backgrounds are grouped together to accomplish something, you’re bound to encounter different ideas of the right to do things. With this in mind, it’s important to expect that not everyone in the group is going to agree and be ready to effectively handle that.

Remember that everyone in your group is human and no one is perfect. If you work hard enough, any task can be completed and completed well. Good luck, students!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.