What Is “team Identity”?

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Team identity refers to the phenomena of individual team members who feel a positive attitude towards, and identify with, their team. When team members achieve team identity, they put the needs of the team before their own.

Cognitive alignment, emotional alignment and behavioral alignment are the three separate elements that make up team identity. Cognitive alignment refers to every team member fully understanding the purpose or goal of the team and is achieved by clear communication. Emotional alignment refers to team members practicing effective communication and being sensitive to the feelings of other team members. Behavioral alignment is the process of coordinated action and putting the needs of the team above the individual.